CDC warns against cruise journey, regardless of vaccination standing, as COVID-19 Omicron variant spreads

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The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has issued a travel advisory warning U.S residents to “avoid cruise travel” as the COVID-19 Omicron variant continues to unfold quickly throughout the nation. 

On Thursday, the CDC up to date its steerage for cruise ship journey, shifting from a Level 3 to a Level 4 warning — the best menace degree. The CDC beforehand suggested that those that are unvaccinated ought to keep away from cruise and river journey, however now says all residents, even those that are totally vaccinated, ought to keep away from cruises. 

The shut quarters on ships can enable COVID-19 to unfold extraordinarily shortly, growing the prospect of passengers getting the virus, in accordance with the CDC. 

The Norwegian-flagged cruise ship Viking Jupiter (R, again), with a thousand folks on board, together with a number of identified with COVID-19, docked on the Argentine port of Ushuaia, on December 29, 2021.

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The information comes as COVID-19 outbreaks proceed to unfold aboard U.S.-based cruise ships. Last week, a South Florida-based Carnival Freedom cruise was denied entry to Bonaire and Aruba after an undisclosed quantity of passengers contracted COVID-19 — regardless that they’d been required to check unfavourable earlier than boarding a couple of days earlier. The world’s greatest cruise ship, the Royal Caribbean Symphony of the Seas, additionally had a minimum of 48 vacationers and crew members check constructive, all of whom needed to be quarantined onboard. 

The CDC additionally stated Thursday that the quantity of cruise ships that meet the case threshold for CDC investigation has elevated. It stated it has started or completed COVID-19 investigations into 91 foreign-flagged cruise ships working or planning to function in U.S. waters.

For passengers who’re nonetheless decided to proceed with cruise journey, the CDC says it is necessary to be totally vaccinated and get a booster if eligible, get examined 1 to three days earlier than the journey, keep social distancing on board, and check once more 3 to five days after returning dwelling. 

“Along with testing, passengers who are not fully vaccinated should self-quarantine for 7 days after cruise travel, even if they test negative,” the CDC added.  “If they do not get tested, they should self-quarantine for 10 days after cruise travel.” 

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