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Olympics and COVID-19

As the games have now ended many wonder could the 2020 Tokyo Olympics cause another Coronavirus surge

Posted: Aug 16, 2021 2:31 PM
Updated: Aug 16, 2021 3:59 PM

LAFAYETTE La. - Louisiana already has one of the lowest vaccination rates in the country. Then there's the country as a whole which has more COVID cases than anyone, over 35 million to be exact. That leaves many wondering, is there another possible surge on the way?

It's an exciting time for the sports industry but a scary time for millions across the globe as 11,000 athletes compete in The 2020 Tokyo Olympic Games.

Photo courtesy of Tokyo Olympics

"Try to be as safe as possible," said Lafayette resident Ricky Colin.

That is something The International Olympic Committee says they're doing but the exact safety protocols at hand, those details are underwraps. The push for more vaccinations continue since The IOC partnered with Pfizer. 

"It's a personal decision for everyone. I'm very excited for them to start because I think the people actually need sports. We can't just be isolated from everything," said Lafayette resident Ricky Colin.

Athletes are encouraged to get vaccinated but aren't required.

A Lafayette retired Army Veteran says he has traveled the world but wouldn't dream of traveling to another nation right now.

"The way that it is and what we have, what were fighting now, we need to get everything underwrap first. Then get to the Olympics," said Donald Raycox.

Despite worry from many the show will go on.

"Places where there's too many people gathered, I try to be as safe as possible as I can. I try to wear my mask," said Lafayette resident Ricky Colin.

Right now th enumber of vaccinated and unvaccinated athletes participating in The 2020 Tokyo Olympics games is unclear. Some athlets have voiced concern over getting vaccinated. They fear the vaccine could effect some part of their training.

What we do know is that 90% of The United States swim team is fully vaccinated. They did so after worrying that if they catch COVID they may have to withdrawl like tennis start Coco Gauff did afetr testing positive for Coronavirus.

The IOC has not yet disclosed how many vaccines they have one hand. They have however said that the vaccines do not apply to athletes or teenage athletes in countries where the vaccines are not yet authorized.

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