Havoc at Winter Olympics

Highly contagious norovirus and freezing cold taking their toll.

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7 Feb 2018 – The Winter Olympics has been hit by an outbreak of the highly contagious norovirus, with 86 cases including dozens of security guards affected. Many have been taken to the  hospital suffering severe diarrhea and vomiting following the breakout on Sunday.

As a result, 1,200 guards have been withdrawn from Olympic sites and quarantined in their rooms.

There were already concerns about the severity of the cold in Pyeongchang. Temperatures during the opening ceremony are expected to hover around -10C (14F), while the wind chill during rehearsals plummeted to -23C (-9.4F).

To counter the cold, the 35,000 spectators attending the opening ceremony will be given a rain coat, a small blanket, a winter cap, heating packs for hands and feet and a heating pad to sit on.

http://metro.co.uk/2018/02/07/norovirus-freezing-temperatures-causing-havoc-winter-olympics-pyeongchang-7293420/

http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-5361933/Will-Winter-Olympics-COLD-spectators.html

Thanks to Argiris Diamantis and Don Brown for these links


5 thoughts on “Havoc at Winter Olympics

  1. I am glad the subject of germs was brought up because I thought the only sign of an ice age to worry about was northerly ports spending much of the year out of action due to sea ice.
    This winter has been particularly cruel because about 50,000 people have died of the flu in America alone. The vaccine was only about 5 to 10 % effective, but even after you get vaccinated the virus can always develop a new strain to which no-one has immunity.
    I also recall Robert talking about crop failures due to poor weather, waterlogged fields, shortened growing seasons, smaller fruit, grape vine harvest well below norm. But leaving aside my likely complaints about the wine, one fears malnutrition much worse because this condition will impair the body’s immune system and we will catch more viruses.
    I bought some echinacea and zinc lozenges. Wish me well.

  2. “”””To counter the cold, the 35,000 spectators attending the opening ceremony will be given a rain coat, a small blanket, a winter cap, heating packs for hands and feet and a heating pad to sit on.”””

    So, does the IOC really think people attending the winter olympics in the mountains would not bring winter gear?!?

    So, does the IOC really think that these few small paltry items will keep people warm in -10F weather? Even if the weather is a balmy 14F, a small blanket, knit cap and rain coat won’t keep a person warm when they’re sitting all day on cold bleachers out in the cold.

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