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The Delta COVID-19 variant has been sweeping across the country, reminding us that the pandemic remains a very present danger.
COVID-19 regulations have fluctuated throughout the year, to say the least. At the beginning of the pandemic, we all learned what we could and could not do, and now, while some follow the guidelines more closely than others, we know the basics: face masks protect against disease, especially when people they use them in crowded or poorly ventilated places.
While there are many preventative measures you can take, some situations are just a recipe for the spread of the Delta COVID-19 variant, at least according to one expert.
Luis Ortofsky, MD, told CNBC, that traveling on cruises is one of the riskiest situations you can live in right now. “It’s just a recipe for transmission,” he said. While all sorts of unvaccinated trips are currently discouraged, a cruise is much riskier than a flight, where people wear masks over time and presumably there is a good flow of air.
Ortofsky makes it clear that while vaccination is good, as the Delta variant is in circulation, it “no longer guarantees that it will not acquire the infection or be able to transmit it,” he said. We can try to make cruises as safely as possible, but we will have advanced cases. “
Another complication that occurs in the mix is state laws, such as Texas, that prohibit state and local mandates that require vaccination against COVID-19, making it more difficult to protect passengers and employees for cruises.
Cruises are especially difficult places to avoid a virus. It is eaten and drunk, usually in indoor places where other people do the same. Most of the time is spent in common areas, interacting with people and touching various surfaces, which facilitates the transmission of germs from person to person. Not only is COVID-19 easy to spread; cruises are famous for having respiratory and gastrointestinal viruses that spread from passenger to passenger.
It could be a while before I can get on a cruise safely. However, the safest way to board would be to make sure that the line of cruises you are traveling with requires vaccination tests and that they allow you to reduce capacity. While it is possible to dine outdoors, cruises have most of their entertainment indoors, so there is a degree of implicit risk.
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