2020 Olympics and the Coronavirus

Emmalee Lizzarazo, Staff Writer

The coronavirus is a deadly virus that is affecting many people across the globe. Here in Utah we have one confirmed case, and multiple others under surveillance watching for symptoms. 

 

The Olympics is a worldwide event that is leading international sporting events featuring summer and winter sports competitions in which thousands of athletes from around the world participate in a variety of competitions. 

 

The Olympic Games are considered the world’s foremost sports competition with more than 200 nations participating. The Olympic Games are held every four years, with the Summer and Winter Games alternating by occurring every four years but two years apart.

 

Fear has been rising among the public with the threat of the coronavirus, especially with the 2020 Olympic games being held in Japan. 

 

Speculators have been going around saying that the Olympics should be cancelled due to the virus spreading, especially on that side of the world. 

 

Senior Tori Martin believes that the Olympics should be cancelled, “especially because those people are traveling from out of town and all across the world. They could spread it to the countries that the coronavirus hasn’t touched yet.”

 

Junior Malorie Porter agrees, saying that “it could spread faster, like hundreds of thousands of people from all over the world coming together, it could be catastrophic.”

 

The International Olympic Committee has been following the advice of the worldwide health organization. So far they don’t find the threat of the virus enough to cancel the olympics.

 

The coronavirus death toll as of March 4th is 107; 3,089 cases. 

 

The Center of Disease Control and Prevention have reiterated how to prevent getting illness, avoid close contact with people who are sick, avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth, stay home when you are sick, cover your cough or sneeze with a tissue, then throw the tissue in the trash. Clean and disinfect frequently touched objects and surfaces using a regular household cleaning spray or wipe.

 

The World Health Organization has released seven steps for proper hand washing. Using warm water and washing for 20 seconds, follow these steps.

 

First, wet hands and apply enough liquid soap to create a good lather.

 

Second, rub palms together.

 

Third, rub the back of your hands.

 

Fourth, interlink fingers.

 

Fifth, cup your hands and your fingers.

 

Sixth, clean your thumbs.

 

Seventh, rub palms with your fingers.