COVID, the Delta Variant, & Cruising
We’ve been getting a few concerned calls about COVID, the Delta Variant, & Cruising.
Let’s face it; you can’t turn to any media outlet without the Delta Variant being splashed all over the headlines.
Unfortunately, the media wants to sell newspapers and not necessarily bring you all the necessary facts.
As we all know, bad news sells.
No one is going to read an article about the number one seller of girl scout cookies. But talk about people dying, and people will read that. Right?
Where Are you Safest to Avoid COVID & the Delta Variant
If you are vaccinated and never leave your house or let anyone else in your house, that is likely the safest place to avoid COVID and the Delta Variant.
However, that isn’t very practical.
You will need a haircut, you might venture to the store for groceries, and heck, you might even get wild and crazy and go out to dinner. Right?
But when you venture out to these places, you have no idea of who you might come in contact with. Has that person in front of you in the line at the grocery store been vaccinated? Are you going to catch COVID from your waiter? Heck, are you safe in the doctor’s office?
Of course, that answer to all of that is: who knows?
Now, this might seem to be a stretch but go with me on this.
When you hop aboard a cruise ship, you have the confidence to know that everyone aboard that ship is fully vaccinated. Further, you know that everyone who hops aboard that ship has just received a negative PCR test. And further, you know that everyone aboard that ship is going to be tested every single day.
Answer me this: where else on earth can you go and know that everyone is vaccinated and that all have negative PCR tests?
I can’t think of anyplace. Can you?
So in my humble opinion, you have far more chance of getting COVID if you go shopping than you do hopping aboard a cruise ship.
But What About Breakthrough Cases?
I’m glad you asked. As I shared in last weekend’s COVID Update article, breakthrough cases are to be expected. However, the percentage of reported breakthrough cases is only .00004041%. The overwhelming majority of new COVID cases are happening among the unvaccinated.
Therefore, not to be nonchalant about the seriousness of the COVID virus, other than your home, you’re likely safest aboard a cruise ship.
Right? Is my logic flawed in some way?
I understand that we all watched in horror back in the early months of 2020 as folks were stranded on cruise ships, with some of the passengers dying. It was horrific.
But the simple truth of the matter is that things have changed considerably.
Cruise lines have made significant strides in their onboard prevention. And with no one allowed on board without a negative PCR test and a full vaccination, an ocean cruise is quite likely the safest way to travel right now.
So while we would never aggressively argue this point with our clients, I think this needs to be pointed out and recognized.
If you would like to discuss this further, or perhaps you are now ready to book a fun ocean cruise, we’re only a phone call away.
For more information, please call Roaming Boomers Travel Services at (480) 550-1235 or use our convenient online information request (click here), and we’ll reach out to you.
Additional Reading: CDC COVID-19 Vaccine Breakthrough Case Investigation and Reporting
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