On Thursday, the Centers for Disease Control formally warned US citizens against boarding cruise ships, after the recent coronavirus outbreaks fuelled by the Omicron variant.
Regardless of your vaccination status, the CDC has uttered Americans from cruising along this weekend, since a swathe of new cases arose from these ships. As of Thursday, the CDC had more than 90 cruise ships under investigation or observation as a result of COVID-19 cases.
The CDC also recommended that if at all they decide to get onboard, or have already gone on a cruise, passengers must get tested and quarantined for five days after docking, regardless of their vaccination status and even if they have no symptoms.
“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 people are fully vaccinated and have received a booster, the CDC said.
The current situation in the United States is one that might spill into something disastrous, with infections currently sky-rocketing as they did last year. Furthermore, the Omicron variant has sent case levels soaring across Florida, the hub of the nation’s cruise industry. The state set another record this week for new daily cases, with more than 58,000 recorded Wednesday.