Mar 11, 2020 - Health

The people who are still going on cruises despite the coronavirus outbreak

The Grand Princess docked in San Francisco. Photo: Josh Edelson/AFP/Getty Images

Cruise ships may be a perceived by most of America as coronavirus playgrounds, but their low price tags are proving too hard to resist for some — and The Daily Beast has interviewed some of those brave souls.

The bottom line: It's not that these people aren't aware of the risks. One future cruiser bought a respirator face mask and card games to play in case he's quarantined. "It's a touch of youthful hubris with a dash of a gambler's high, all dropped into the milieu of a global medical crisis," The Daily Beast's Sam Stein writes.

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State Department warns Americans against cruise ship travel

The Grand Princess cruise ship, carrying 21 people infected with the novel coronavirus, about 25 miles off the coast of San Francisco on Sunday. Photo: Josh Edelson/AFP via Getty Images

The State Department issued an advisory Sunday warning U.S. citizens against traveling on cruise ships after a second vessel carrying American citizens was impacted by cases of the novel coronavirus.

Details: "U.S. citizens, particularly travelers with underlying health conditions, should not travel by cruise ship," the statement warns. "CDC notes increased risk of infection of COVID-19 in a cruise ship environment."

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Clyburn says Sanders didn't aggressively seek his endorsement

Biden with Rep. Jim Clyburn, Feb. 29. Photo: Spencer Platt/Getty Images

House Majority Whip Jim Clyburn (D-S.C.), the highest-ranking black member of Congress, told The Daily Beast Wednesday that Sen. Bernie Sanders did not make specific efforts to court his endorsement for the 2020 presidential race.

Why it matters: Clyburn's endorsement of Biden ahead of the South Carolina primary has been viewed as a major factor in reviving the former vice president's struggling campaign, propelling him to sweeping victories in South Carolina and across the South on Super Tuesday.

Podcast downloads drop during coronavirus outbreak

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Americans have been listening to fewer podcasts since the coronavirus pandemic started to worsen in the United States, fashion trade publication Women's Wear Daily reports.

Why it matters: Podcast downloads have dropped about 10%, and the number of total unique listeners also dropped around 20% since the start of the month, according to data from Podtrac.