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Jamie Ditaranto

CDC: All People Should Avoid Travel on Cruise Ships

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The Centers for Disease Control (CDC) just raised their warning for cruise ship travel to the highest level. Under Level 4: Very High Level of COVD-19, the CDC recommends that “all people avoid travel on cruise ships, including river cruises, worldwide, because the risk of COVD-19 on cruise ships is very high.”

The guidelines especially urge that people who are in a high-risk category avoid cruise ship travel for any reason.

Undeterred? The CDC advises that cruise ship passengers get tested 3-5 days after travel, and quarantine at home for seven days (even if their test is negative). If passengers choose not to get tested, the CDC asks that they quarantine for 14 days following their trip.

The CDC also updated air travel guidelines, recommending that passengers:

  • Get tested 1-3 days before flying
  • Get tested 3-5 days after travel and quarantine for 7 days after returning home (even with a negative test result) OR quarantine for 14 days
  • Follow state and local travel recommendations or requirements
  • Do not travel if you are feeling sick or waiting for test results

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