Summer, Winter, or Fall or Spring. This event is perfect for any Olympics.
Athletes. Heed this good advice from the NY Times, “Keep Your Mouth Closed: Aquatic Olympians Face a Toxic Stew in Rio“.
RIO DE JANEIRO — Health experts in Brazil have a word of advice for the Olympic marathon swimmers, sailors and windsurfers competing in Rio de Janeiro’s picture-postcard waters next month: Keep your mouth closed.
Despite the government’s promises seven years ago to stem the waste that fouls Rio’s expansive Guanabara Bay and the city’s fabled ocean beaches, officials acknowledge that their efforts to treat raw sewage and scoop up household garbage have fallen far short.
In fact, environmentalists and scientists say Rio’s waters are much more contaminated than previously thought.
Recent tests by government and independent scientists revealed a veritable petri dish of pathogens in many of the city’s waters, from rotaviruses that can cause diarrhea and vomiting to drug-resistant “superbacteria” that can be fatal to people with weakened immune systems.
We’re filing this bit of sludge under the heading of “bring your own TP”.
The Kansas City Star reports, “U.S. rowing team will use sewage-proof suits at Rio Olympics.”
It’s a month before the start of the Summer Olympics in Rio de Janeiro, and each day seemingly brings more disturbing news.
Athletes are staying away because of Zika virus concerns, police are saying they won’t be able to protect tourists and a Reuters report says a drug-resistant “super bacteria” has been found Guanabara Bay.
The good news for U.S. rowers is that they have sewage-proof suits.