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Coronavirus effects on 2020 Tokyo Olympics

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    Are the Summer Olympics, which are set to take place in Tokyo for 2020, at risk of being cancelled, postponed or moved because of the coronavirus? Right now SI is reporting that organizers and members of the International Olympic Committee 'remain confident that the show will on as planned'.

    But I wonder the closer we get to the start of the Olympics and if it gets worse, what will happen. Here's an exert to consider:

    The coronavirus has ravaged China and spread to at least 47 countries to infect more than 80,000 people globally and killed over 2,700. The Olympics, which hosts more than 10,000 athletes and thousands of spectators and media members, are set to begin on July 24.

    But saying that I remember people asking the same thing about the Rio Olympics with the Zika virus back in 2016. Also about the swine flu epidemic before 2010 Winter Olympics... and nothing came of either of those scares, as far as the Olympics were considered.

    I do think this strain of coronavirus is potentially worse than Zika and swine flu, probably combined (if you are just talking about risk to the people at the Olympics in Tokyo).

    If you hear any news, please post here. Also thoughts? Do you think if this virus gets worse in the next few months that the Olympics should be cancelled or postponed? Or do you think they can all take the proper precautions to ensure it doesn't spread further. I lean toward the latter.

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    I'm guessing the games go on as scheduled, just with a lot more health precautions. Luckily like you said a potential pandemic during the Olympics isn't something new. Its happened a few times and all very recently. So they should have plenty of protocols and whatnot to handle the hysteria.
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    Dallasite Wrote:

    The coronavirus has ravaged China and spread to at least 47 countries to infect more than 80,000 people globally and killed over 2,700. The Olympics, which hosts more than 10,000 athletes and thousands of spectators and media members, are set to begin on July 24.

    But saying that I remember people asking the same thing about the Rio Olympics with the Zika virus back in 2016. Also about the swine flu epidemic before 2010 Winter Olympics... and nothing came of either of those scares, as far as the Olympics were considered.

    I do think this strain of coronavirus is potentially worse than Zika and swine flu, probably combined (if you are just talking about risk to the people at the Olympics in Tokyo).

    I don't think it's nearly as bad as the Swine Flu epidemic. Just did some research. Swine Flu became a global pandemic in 2009. It was considered to finally be over in 2010. The CDC estimated that the Swine Flu infected nearly 61 million people in the united states, and caused 12,469 deaths. They estimated that between 151,700 to 575,400 people worldwide died from the virus. Maybe they're controlling the Coronavirus more efficiently, having learned a thing or two about how to stop the Swine Flu.

    All in all, I see them going forward with the Summer Olympics in Japan, unless there is worldwide outcry against it.

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    So good news here! The Olympics are not cancelled, just postponed a bit. I haven't seen an official date just yet, but they've been moved to 2021. I assume they'll be around the same time as they were planned for this year, but can't say for sure considering the odd situation. Hopefully they make it a bit earlier.

    This is definitely the best move they could have made.