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U.S. State Department says U.S. citizens should not travel by cruise ship to avoid Coronavirus

U.S. State Department says U.S. citizens should not travel by cruise ship

The United States State Department issued a warning today that U.S. citizens "should not travel by cruise ship" due to Coronavirus concerns.

The warning is emphasized to cruisers who underlying health conditions.  The warning comes as the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) noted an increased risk of infection of COVID-19 in a cruise ship environment.

CDC notes that older adults and travelers with underlying health issues should avoid situations that put them at increased risk for more severe disease.  This entails avoiding crowded places, avoiding non-essential travel such as long plane trips, and especially avoiding embarking on cruise ships

The warning notes recent issues with cruise ships being quarantined, as well as being denied entry into certain ports of call around the world.

The State Department characterizes the Coronavirus situation as, "fluid".