The Olympic Games have already been a tradition internationally since it started on April 6, 1896. This year, the world has been recently anticipating the marvelous and grand international sporting event to happen this June 24 to August 9 in Tokyo, Japan. Unfortunately, amid the risks of the new novel coronavirus, is the Tokyo Olympic Games going to be affected?
According to the International Olympic Committee, the authority that is responsible for the whereabouts of the Olympic Games, the planning and the preparations for the sporting event is still ongoing and is expected to be perfectly ready for the Tokyo 2020 and Paralympics. The authority also added there is still no plans of delaying or canceling it as of writing, as reported by the Telegraph.
However, Sigeru Omi, the chief director of the Japan Community Health Care Organisation, shared how the decision of whether to push through the summer's Olympics or not will mostly depend on the community's ability to contain the virus. "Whether the virus is under control by the time of the Olympics is anyone's guess", Omi added.
Due to the dangers that the human race is facing now amid the newest strain of coronavirus, two of the major sporting event that will be held in Japan have been canceled. These events are the Formula One in Shanghai and the World Indoor Championship in Nanjing.
If you have plans to watch or attend the 2020 Olympics in Tokyo, Japan, make sure to follow the necessary steps to protect yourself from the virus, as reminded by WHO. One of the basic but most crucial things to do is to thoroughly clean your hands regularly. The most effective way to do that is by washing it with soap or water. But if you are outside, using sanitizers can already be good enough.
Another way to protect yourself from the novel coronavirus is to keep yourself isolated from people who are showing symptoms of flu such as sneezing and coughing. Getting too close from them might make you at risk of inhaling the small liquid droplets, which contains the virus, they've sprayed towards you while sneezing and coughing.
Touching your mouth, nose, and eyes can also make you more at risk of acquiring the coronavirus. Our hands can become the haven of so many harmful viruses and bacteria. So make sure to always clean your hands before touching it to other parts of your body. Always practice good hygiene.