CDC Warns "All People" Should Avoid Traveling This Way
The holidays are quickly approaching, and despite the COVID-19 pandemic and warnings of health experts—including Dr. Anthony Fauci—many people are still opting to follow through with their travel plans. Obviously, some types of travel are riskier than others when it comes to potential coronavirus exposure. However, this week the United States Centers for Disease Control and Prevention have issued a strong recommendation that people avoid this type of travel altogether in order to prevent catching or spreading the deadly virus. Read on, and to ensure your health and the health of others, don't miss these Sure Signs You've Already Had Coronavirus.
The Risk of Taking a Cruise is "Very High"
Despite lifting a months-long ban on cruises in October, now the CDC is recommending people avoid them altogether. They recently upped their classification of cruise travel risk to "Level 4: Very High Level of COVID-19."
"CDC recommends that all people avoid travel on cruise ships, including river cruises, worldwide, because the risk of COVID-19 on cruise ships is very high," they write. "It is especially important that people with an increased risk of severe illness avoid travel on cruise ships, including river cruises."
"For most travelers, cruise ship travel is voluntary and should be rescheduled for a future date," the CDC points out.
The CDC warns that "Cruise passengers are at increased risk of person-to-person spread of infectious diseases, including COVID-19, and outbreaks of COVID-19 have been reported on cruise ships," adding that passengers who decide to go on a cruise should get tested 3-5 days after their trip in addition to quarantining for 7 days after travel. "Even if you test negative, stay home for the full 7 days," they instruct. "If you don't get tested, it's safest to stay home for 14 days after you travel."
Cruises Have Been Linked to A Staggering Number of Cases
Cruise vessels have been linked to a number of coronavirus cases. According to one CDC report, a staggering 800 cases and multiple deaths were linked to just three cruise ships early in the pandemic. Dr. Fauci has repeatedly warned against sailing the friendly seas during the pandemic, pointing out that their "closed settings" make them prone to virus spread.
Most cruise lines have opted to cancel their trips in United States waters until sometime in 2021. However, in other parts of the world — including Europe and the Caribbean — voyages started up over the summer. The first ship to set sail from the Caribbean since the spring, SeaDream 1, experienced a COVID-19 outbreak, even with a strict pre-boarding policy. In total seven passengers and two crew members tested positive. So avoid cruises, and no matter where you live, to ensure your health and the health of others, don't miss these 35 Places You're Most Likely to Catch Coronavirus.