Cruise ships may not be the best place for older adults and people with medical conditions to vacation as COVID-19 cases continue to rise in the U.S.
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Reuters reported Friday that the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention recommended that those with an increased risk for severe illness avoid travel on cruise ships, whether not they are fully vaccinated. This recommendation includes river cruises and cruise ships.
When the pandemic hit last year, cruise ships were hot spots for outbreaks. For months, they were not able to set sail.
Cruise operators have been sailing from U.S. ports since June 26 with mostly vaccinated guests and crew after talks with the CDC, said Reuters. Even with precautions such as vaccines, a few on-board coronavirus cases have been reported.
Apart from cases on cruises, the highly contagious Delta variant of the virus is now the dominant strain of COVID-19 and cases are on the rise nation-wide.
According to USA Today, the country is now facing its fourth wave of COVID-19. As of Friday, the country has reported 987,417 new cases and 6,037 virus-related deaths in the past week per data from Johns Hopkins University, said the outlet.
The CDC recommends people who go on cruises wear a mask in shared spaces and get tested one to three days before their trip and three to five days after even if they are vaccinated. Passengers who are not fully vaccinated should also self-quarantine for at least seven days after their cruise ends.