As the 2016 Olympics hosted in Rio, Brazil are in full swing many of the forewarned issues regarding Zika outbreaks, overwhelming water pollution and even increased crime have not been resolved making the event a disaster. What is even more worse is that what was initially reported about the issues were downplayed and some athletes were shocked when they arrived about the conditions that could ultimately affect their health.
For instance Olympic rowers were warned about the dangers of having polluted water from the Rodrigo de Freitas Lagoon splashed into their eyes and mouths prompting officials to urge them to bleach the handles of their oars, and swish with anti-bacterial mouthwash, keep water bottles in plastic bags, all in efforts to avoid diarrhea and other long term gastrointestinal symptoms.
This is just one issue but the biggest and perhaps the most dangerous affecting a larger population is the growing pandemic of the Zika virus, which produces a viral strain that can cause microcephaly in unborn fetuses in pregnant women. It is a major concern because many of the games are hosted outdoors to crowds of fans and the course of Zika carrying mosquitoes are difficult to predict, which made athletes think of creative ways to protect themselves. Many athletes skipped out in being a part of the Olympics this year because of the concern for Zika.