The 2020 Tokyo Olympics have been postponed due to concerns over the spread of Coronavirus (COVID-19). The 2020 Summer Olympic Games, scheduled to open in Tokyo on July 24th, have been postponed due to the COVID-19 pandemic. The games will be rescheduled to 2021, according to Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe. It’s the first time in their 124-year modern history that the Olympics have been moved or delayed during peacetime.
Coronavirus disease (COVID-19)
Coronavirus disease (COVID-19) is an infectious disease caused by a newly discovered coronavirus.
Most people infected with the COVID-19 virus will experience mild to moderate respiratory illness and recover without requiring special treatment. Older people, and those with underlying medical problems. Moreover, cardiovascular disease, diabetes, chronic respiratory disease, and cancer patients are more likely to develop serious illnesses.
The best way to prevent and slow down transmission is to be well informed about the COVID-19 virus. The disease it causes and how it spreads. Protect yourself and others from infection by washing your hands or using an alcohol-based rub frequently. And also protect yourself by not touching your face.
The COVID-19 virus spreads primarily through droplets of saliva or discharge from the nose. When an infected person coughs or sneezes, so it’s important that you also practice respiratory etiquette.
At this time, there are no specific vaccines or treatments for COVID-19. However, there are many ongoing clinical trials evaluating potential treatments.
To prevent infection and to slow transmission of COVID-19, do the following:
- Wash your hands regularly with soap and water, or clean them with alcohol-based hand rub.
- Maintain at least 1-meter distance between you and people coughing or sneezing.
- Avoid touching your face.
- Cover your mouth and nose when coughing or sneezing.
- Stay home if you feel unwell.
- Refrain from smoking and other activities that weaken the lungs.
- Practice physical distancing: Firstly by avoiding unnecessary travel and staying away from large groups of people.
The COVID-19 virus affects different people in different ways. In conclusion, COVID-19 is a respiratory disease.
Common symptoms of CoronaVirus include:
- Dry cough.
Other symptoms include:
- shortness of breath
- aches and pains
- sore throat
- and very few people will report diarrhea, nausea, or a runny nose.
People with mild symptoms who are otherwise healthy should self-isolate. And contact their medical provider or a COVID-19 information line for advice on testing and referral.
Likewise, People with fever, cough, or difficulty breathing should call their doctor and seek medical attention.
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2020 Summer Olympic Games
The International Olympic Committee (IOC) and Tokyo Games organizers were under mounting pressure to postpone the games this year. But the IOC and organizers had long insisted that the games would go ahead as planned. Canada and Australia said they would not attend the Tokyo Games if they went ahead as scheduled this year. While the UK and US have signaled a desire for a delay.
On Tuesday, March 24th, Abe spoke with IOC president Thomas Bach and other officials. Who decided the games would not take place in 2020. According to a joint statement issued by the IOC and Tokyo 2020 Organising Committee. “The leaders agreed that the Olympic Games in Tokyo could stand as a beacon of hope to the world during these troubled times. And that the Olympic flame could become the light at the end of the tunnel in which the world finds itself at present,” the statement says. Therefore, it was agreed that the Olympic flame will stay in Japan.
History of the Olympic Games
The Summer Olympics have been canceled three times before — in 1916, 1940, and 1944. And the Winter Games have been canceled twice, in 1940 and 1944, during the world wars. The 1920 Summer Olympics were held in Antwerp, Belgium, from April to September at the tail end of the 1918 influenza pandemic. The 2016 Summer Olympics were held in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, despite the outbreak of the mosquito-borne Zika virus. Unlike the Zika virus, however, the coronavirus that causes COVID-19 can be easily transmitted between humans.
Financial Problems faced by Japan
By some estimates, Japan had invested between $32 billion and $41 billion to build competition venues and expanded hotel capacity. The Tokyo Games were expected to attract around 10,000 athletes and 500,000 international visitors. Local businesses, both big and small, were expecting record profits this year. Therefore, they face the prospect of financial ruin after long suffering under a pandemic that has kept foreign tourists and locals at home.
Prior to the Olympics, concern over the spread of the novel coronavirus caused the cancellation or postponement of the IPL, NBA, NHL, English Premier League, and the Euro 2020 tournament.