So the Covid vaccines don’t work?
The CDC on Thursday warned people against going on cruises regardless of vaccination status.
Cruises require all crew members and passengers to be fully vaccinated, however dozens of ships have had major Covid outbreaks.
US cruises have reported more than 5,000 Covid cases to the CDC in the last couple weeks.
“It is especially important that travelers who are at an increased risk of severe illness from COVID-19 avoid travel on cruise ships, including river cruises, worldwide, regardless of vaccination status,” the CDC said.
The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention on Thursday advised people against going on cruises regardless of their vaccination status after a recent surge in positive Covid cases onboard ships as the highly contagious omicron variant sweeps the world.
The CDC increased its travel warning for cruises to the highest level as the agency is investigating or observing dozens of ships that have had Covid outbreaks.
The stocks of Royal Caribbean Cruises, Norwegian Cruise Line, and Carnival fell on the news.
The CDC warned that Covid transmits easily between people in close quarters on ships, and the chance of catching the virus on a cruise is very high even for people who are vaccinated and have received a booster dose.
The CDC advised people who decide to go on a cruise to get vaccinated before their trip and receive a booster dose if eligible. Facemasks should also be worn in shared spaces. Passengers who are not fully vaccinated should self-quarantine for five days after travel, according to the CDC.
The CDC also said people who go on a cruise should get tested 1 to 3 days before departing, and 3 to 5 days after their trip, regardless of vaccination status or symptoms.