After All The Hype, There Were A Whopping Zero Zika Cases At The Rio Olympics


Well the people calling for the Olympics to be moved from Rio because of the Zika virus must be feeling pretty silly. After all the media hype about the Zika casting a dark cloud over the site of the games, there were zero reported cases of people contracting the virus there during the Olympics.

“There have so far been no laboratory confirmed cases of Zika virus in spectators, athletes or anyone associated with the Olympics,” the World Health Organization wrote on its website on Thursday.

Though, as NPR points out, this doesn’t mean that absolutely nobody contracted the virus during the Olympics.

Now, no cases doesn’t mean no one caught Zika at the summer games. About 80 percent of people who get infected don’t know it. They don’t have any symptoms. And those who do get sick often have only mild symptoms. So the vast majority of cases go unreported.

But the computer models that had predicted about a total of 16 spectators and athletes turned out to be far more accurate than those who were predicting doom.

In May, more than 200 scientists, many bioethicists, signed a letter to WHO, calling for the games to be moved.

So yeah, there were many dubious aspects about hosting the Olympics in a nation with such rampant political corruption, but luckily the worst fears about Zika don’t seem to have come to fruition.

While Zika is clearly something for visitors of Brazil to be cognizant of, they shouldn’t allow the whirlwind of media attention to cause them to overestimate the virus’s prevalence.



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