CDC warns against cruises, regardless of vaccination status

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The US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention is warning people not to go on a cruise, regardless of their vaccination status, because of the outbreak fueled onboard by the Omicron version.

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MIAMI – The US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention warned people on Thursday not to go on cruises regardless of their vaccination status, as outbreaks are fueled by the Omicron version onboard.

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“The virus that causes COVID-19 spreads easily between people on board ships, and the likelihood of getting COVID-19 on cruise ships is very high,” the CDC said. Even if people were fully vaccinated and received a booster, the CDC said .

The CDC also recommended that cruise passengers be tested and quarantined for five days after docking, regardless of their vaccination status and even if they have no symptoms.

The Omicron version has soared case levels across the US, including Florida, the center of the nation’s cruise industry. The state set another record for new daily cases this week, registering more than 58,000 on Wednesday.

US cruise lines have not announced any plans to halt voyages, although ships have been denied entry at some foreign ports.

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