Avoid cruise travel, regardless of vaccination status. If you travel on a cruise ship, make sure you are fully vaccinated before travel and get a COVID-19 vaccine booster dose if you are eligible. Getting vaccinated is still the best way to protect yourself from severe disease, slow the spread of COVID-19, and reduce the number of new variants. People who are not fully vaccinated should follow additional recommendations before, during, and after travel.
As of Thursday morning, more than 1,000 flights within, into and out of the United States had been canceled for the day, according to flight tracking websiteFlightAware. If airline operations follow the pattern of recent days, the number is likely to grow. According to FlightAware, 540 flights scheduled for Friday already have been canceled.
So good luck returning home from gramma’s house, aren’t you glad you went?
What’s that you say?
The seven-day rolling average of newly reported infections is about 240,000, up by 60 percent from the previous week, [Rochelle Walensky, director of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention] said, although hospitalizations rose by only 14 percent during the same period.
Walensky said hospitalizations tend to lag behind infections by roughly two weeks. But she also noted that omicron, which is now dominantnationwide, appears to cause milder symptoms, especially for vaccinated people.