McCrudo… For those unfamiliar with “the crud” at McMurdo, it’s a concentrated cocktail of all the colds and viruses that collect at the station each year. It’s nasty, and I’ve seen as much as 1/3 of the station (300+ people) down with it at one time. Things appear to have improved with the handwashing stations and better hygene, but it hasn’t disappeared entirely.
Those of us who frequent Palmer used to be a bit smug about avoiding it, but this year a lot of the folks here — myself included — have our own version of it. Yuck.
One of the advantages of wintering is that, after a few weeks, all the colds disappear. At least, until the first planeload (or boatload) of incoming crew arrive when the station reopens.