The cruising industry is a $46 billion Petri dish that will spawn countless COVID-19 deaths if it’s not shut down before a viable vaccine becomes widely available.
Recent statistics from the Center for Disease Control cite 3,000 cases and 34 deaths on 99 cruise ships that have traveled through U.S. waters between March and July.
At the time of this writing, an overwhelming consensus of scientists and medical researchers are certain about several coronavirus facts:
- It’s incredibly contagious.
- The longer people are exposed to a carrier the more likely they are to catch the virus.
- COVID-19 can be transmitted through the air.
- The disease spreads exponentially faster indoors.
- The virus can lay dormant for two weeks before presenting symptoms.
- People of all ages can catch and transmute coronavirus.
- People of all ages can die from coronavirus.
- Older people are more likely to pass away from COVID-related complications than younger folks.
Now let’s consider the average cruise.
- Thousands of people are packed together like sardines in a confined space for an extended period of time.
- A large majority of the eating, sleeping, and entertaining on a cruise happens inside the ship. Moreover, the limited outdoor areas are usually jam packed.
- Though most cruise ships have state-of-the-art medical facilities, they’re tiny and not equipped for a plague.
- Many cruisers are 65 or older.
In other words, cruise ships are COVID traps, and they should all drop anchor until the pandemic passes. Yes, it will be an economic blow, especially for the 250,000-thousand-strong cruising workforce. But a rough year off is better than thousands of lives lost. Moreover, a full, proper shutdown will allow for a smoother reopening in a shorter amount of time.
Why is the United States’ coronavirus recovery an abysmal disaster compared to other developed countries? The country never shut down properly, and the same phenomenon will plague the cruise industry if it refuses to dock.
“Plandemic” believers will argue that 34 deaths aren’t that much, and if people want to risk their lives for overpriced umbrella drinks and also-ran art auctions, it’s their choice and their lives. But COVID-19 is a highly contagious infectious disease that asymptomatic carriers can pass to strangers in a grocery store line.
Shutting down makes the most sense, especially for the cruise industry. The alternative is a gruesome viral monster, with tentacles that encircle the world, that exacts death and destruction in slow-motion agony.