CDC Says to Avoid Cruise Ships at all Costs Amid Omicron Surge
In SummaryThe cruise ship industry has taken a gargantuan hit after the Centers for Disease Control Prevention issued a statement advising against cruise travel.
The cruise ship industry has taken its biggest hit since the Titanic.
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention stated that the high likelihood of dangers of cruise travel a day after COVID-19 cases reached a record high.
A recent spike in the cases has been traced back to cruise ships worldwide.
According to the CDC, there were more than 5,000 COVID-19 cases tracked between Dec. 14 and Dec. 29 on U.S. cruise ships. Just two weeks ago, the agency confirmed 162 cases.
“The COVID-19 Travel Health Notice level has been updated from Level 3 to Level 4, the highest level,” the CDC stated. “This reflects increases in cases onboard cruise ships since identification of the Omicron variant […] The virus that causes COVID-19 spreads easily between people in close quarters on board ships, and the chance of getting COVID-19 on cruise ships is very high, even if you are fully vaccinated and have received a COVID-19 vaccine booster dose.”
The CDC understands patrons have already made reservations and payments. With this, the CDC will continue to strongly recommend vaccination and to get a booster shot before the trip.
The CDC also asked for travelers to get a COVID-19 test 1–3 days before departure and 3–5 days after they return, “regardless of vaccination status or symptoms.”
The agency recently reduced isolation time for asymptomatic people who have contracted the COVID-19 virus from 10 days to five.
Those infected are encouraged to wear a mask for five days until their isolation is over. The CDC also said people who have received booster shots should wear masks for 10 days, however, no isolation is needed.
The move is also on par with abbreviating the time frame of close contacts in isolation.
The research discovered by CDC officials indicates people with the COVID-19 virus are more infectious in the two days before and three days after symptoms develop.
The CDC decided the new isolation reduction time was needed due to the rapid rise in COVID-19 cases and the fast spread of the omicron variant.