Current News January 12th 2022

CDC Lifts Conditional Sailing Order

CDC Allows Conditional Sailing Order To Expire Replaced With A Voluntary Program

Effective January 15, 2022, the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention will allow the Conditional Sailing Order for cruise ships to expire, replaced by a new, voluntary COVID-19 cruise program available to U.S. and foreign-flagged cruise ships operating into and out of the U.S.

The Conditional Sailing Order was put in place in October 2020 and has been extended three times. It replaced the original No Sail Order put in place in March 2020.

Alaska Sen. Lisa Murkowski asked CDC Director Rochelle Walensky during a Senate hearing recently whether the agency planned to allow the current CSO to expire on January 15. Alaska has been seriously impacted by the loss of cruise visits under the CDC CSO. Concerns were heightened when two weeks ago the CDC placed a Level 4: Do Not Travel warning on cruising adding an advisory that everyone avoid cruising regardless of vaccination or health status.

Walensky’s response stated that she did not believe the CSO would be renewed. She added that the CDC would continue to provide recommendations and assistance to the cruise lines going forward. She also recognized the “stepped up” efforts that have been made by the entire cruise industry keeping cruising as safe as possible.

Rochelle Walensky added “I think the Conditional Sail Order, and the fact the industry has stepped up and is now interested in doing and exceeding, as you know, the compliance with the Sail Order without the order necessarily even needing to be in place is a real testimony to how well that has worked and how we’ve worked collaboratively with the industry.”

There unfortunately was no admission that the cruise environment over the past several months has been safer regarding the spread of the Corona virus than most general environments nation wide. The move to a voluntary program for cruise ships is still really good news for the future of cruising.

Practical Actions To Protect Yourself In A World Infected With COVID

  • First, stop being scared. If you catch it and you’re healthy there’s an over 99.8% chance you’ll survive it and even a higher chance with the Omacron strain.
  • If you do have health issues you should take positive steps to avoid being exposed, but that’s your responsibility to protect yourself. It is not the governments job to protect everyone.
  • You probably should get vaccinated as it does show evidence of lessoning the severity of an infection but at the same time showing little ability to keep you from getting infected or even spreading it. Basically vaccinated people are just as dangerous as the unvaccinated in spreading COVID, especially Omicron!
  • Wash your hands often and avoid touching your face, but that’s good advice for more than just COVID.
  • Try and live your life normally. There’s almost no evidence that states with serious COVID mandates did any better than states with relaxed mandated requirements.
  • Now that Omicron is in the mix, there’s a very high likelihood that unless you’ve already had COVID, even with the vaccine, you’re going to get it.
  • Not even Chicken Little was reported to run around screaming about a virus and we’re all going to die…

The political master Machiavelli advised. “Never waste the opportunity offered by a good crisis” and it’s been repeated by politicians the world over ever since. “No passion so effectually robs the mind of all its powers of acting and reasoning as fear”, wrote the 18th century philosopher Edmund Burke.

Give me facts and I will chart my own course doesn’t seem like an unreasonable approach, but who’s providing the facts and can they be trusted? That seems to be the biggest question lately.

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