Nationwide panic over the omicron variant of the coronavirus already ruined the Christmas travel plans of countless Americans — and as a new year begins, there is no sign the hysteria is dying down just yet.
Now, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) is warning even “fully vaccinated” individuals to reconsider any cruise vacations they may have lined up, USA Today reports.
The CDC’s latest warning
In a statement, the CDC advised travelers to avoid cruises “regardless of vaccination status.”
“Today, CDC increased the Cruise Travel Health Notice (THN) to a Level 4, recommending people avoid cruise travel regardless of vaccination status,” spokesperson Dave Daigle said, according to USA Today.
It’s just the latest tacit admission from public health authorities that the vaccine isn’t working quite as promised. Earlier this year, CDC head Rochelle Walensky claimed that those who are vaccinated wouldn’t get infected.
But as 2021 comes to a close, infections are hitting all-time highs around the country, despite a months-long coercive vaccination push by President Joe Biden. New York City is one of the largest hotspots in the nation, despite a strict regime of vaccine mandates.
The good news is that omicron appears to be a mild variant, although there is no sign that Democrats plan to discontinue their mindless restrictions just yet.
Omicron keeps COVID panic alive
The continued hysteria has not been well-received by business interests including the Cruise Lines International Association, which complained that the CDC was “singling out” the industry in its latest announcement despite the majority of reported cases being mild or asymptomatic, according to USA Today.
National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases (NIAID) chief and White House medical adviser Anthony Fauci has advised Americans to avoid large New Year’s Eve parties and, for some reason, felt it necessary to tell people not to hug and kiss when the Times Square ball drops — even if they’re vaccinated. Weird.
This comes days after omicron led airlines to ground hundreds of flights during the Christmas holiday. Meanwhile, Democrats are continuing to double down on vaccine and mask mandates, even as public health authorities acknowledge that “fully vaccinated” is becoming an obsolete term.
While the omicron variant’s reduced severity is encouraging, in terms of restrictions, it feels like little has changed since March 2020.
Wasn’t the whole point of the vaccine to get back to “normal?”