With the formal opening of the Rio Olympics just days ahead, fear of the Zika virus continues to haunt athletes and health officials will issue 42 condoms for each athlete as fears of the said virus could pass through sexual intercourse.
Athletes from around the world will be welcomed officially when the athletes’ village formally opens Sunday. Delegations from Australia, Britain and New Zealand have complained that the apartments are unlivable, local organizers stated that all concerns will be dealt with as the game progresses.
Aside from security and the livability of the apartments, health concerns were also raised prior to the Olympics as some of the top athletes from the participating nation have declined to participate because of the Zika virus scare. According to the World Health Organization (WHO), the virus can be transmitted primarily by the Aedes mosquitoes.
Anyone bitten by the mosquito will experience symptoms that include mild fever, skin rash, conjunctivitis, muscle and joint pain, malaise or a headache. The symptoms normally last for 2-7 days.
It was also stated that aside from mosquitoes, the virus can also be transmitted through sexual intercourse. That is what the Brazilian authorities are also trying to prevent, with the mass distribution of condoms. Aside from the condoms, local organizers have also set up air conditioning units in the apartments so as to help contain the spread of the virus.
CNN’s Shasta Darlington reported the athletes’ village consists of apartment towers that will house 11,000 athletes and 6,000 coaches during the games that will open on Aug. 5 and will run until Aug. 22. The village will also have swimming pools, tennis courts, football fields, and bike lanes.
Local organizers stated that the athlete’s village for this year’s Olympics will try to give the comfort for all the athletes who will be competing in different sports discipline. While the threat of security, health and comfort as main issues, organizers stressed that the athletes should worry more about how they will perform come game day.
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