For a while now, there has been a lot of doubts about the safety of having the 2016 Olympic Games in Rio de Janeiro,
Brazil. The Zika virus has been to the forefront in people’s minds lately and after it was found to be present in Brazil last May, it has been rapidly spreading throughout the region.
The World Health Organization has even gone so far as to declare that this is a health emergency in South America.
The more worrying fact is that the region most affected by the virus is Rio de Janeiro.
The Independent sounds the alarm…
The continued presence of the virus ahead of the summer Olympics has caused athletes and health specialists to question the risks involved in allowing the Games to go ahead with hundreds of thousands of spectators traveling to the city.
Writing in the Harvard Public Health Review, Dr Amir Attaran said the Games could speed up the spread of the virus, and suggested the Games could be hosted by another city in Brazil where the illness is less of a threat.
He said: “While Brazil’s Zika inevitably will spread globally, given enough time – viruses always do – it helps nobody to speed that up.
So we are pretty much asking for a global pandemic if half a million people visit Brazil for the Games and the bring it back to their home countries.
This is not going to end well.