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The CDC Urges Travelers Not To Go On Cruises, Raising Warning To A Level 4
This past weekend, the CDC published a Level 4 travel warning urging travelers to avoid cruise ships because the risk of contracting COVID-19 is extremely high.
According it its website, the CDC says, “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.”
The organization went on to say, “Passengers who decide to go on a cruise should get tested 3-5 days after your trip AND stay home for 7 days after travel. Even if you test negative, stay home for the full 7 days.”
If you’re not getting tested, the CDC advises staying home for 14 days.
The cruise industry is working with the CDC’s order and is extending its voluntary operational pause throughout the end of 2020.
Bari Golid-Blaugrund, vice president of strategic communications for Cruise Lines International Association told USA TODAY, “We share a common goal with the CDC, which is to protect the public health of our passengers, crew and destinations. We will continue to work with the CDC to establish a pathway to resumption in the U.S.”
The CDC also warns against traveling by air, “Air travel requires spending time in security lines and airport terminals, which can bring you in close contact with other people and frequently touched surfaces. Social distancing is difficult in busy airports and on crowded flights, and sitting within 6 feet of others, sometimes for hours, may increase your risk of getting COVID-19. How you get to and from the airport, such as with public transportation and ridesharing, can also increase your chances of being exposed to the virus.”