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Over 30 Olympic Athletes in Isolation with COVID

Over 30 Olympic Athletes in Isolation with COVID
Source: The Guardian

According to officials, more than 30 competitors at the Beijing Olympics have been placed in isolation facilities after testing positive for the coronavirus. The average length of time spent in isolation is seven days.

“We’ll let as many individuals out of isolation as we can, but only as many as we can safely do,” said Brian McCloskey, head of the Beijing Games’ expert medical panel. According to him, 50 sportsmen have been released, and the great majority of those in isolation are healthy and do not require medical attention.

After athletes and teams complained about inedible food, filthy accommodations, and a lack of training equipment and internet connection, it was revealed that 32 competitors are un isolation facilities. Organizers noted that isolation is already a challenging position for athletes, who risk missing contests after years of preparation, and said they were striving to resolve any issues as swiftly as possible.

Beijing officials are ordering everyone in the so-called Olympic bubble to do daily PCR lab tests to limit the spread of COVID-19. Those who are found to be positive are placed in an isolation unit until their tests come back negative. People who keep testing positive might also ask for a medical panel to assess their case.

Even if they aren’t contagious, those who have been sick might test positive sporadically for a long period, according to McCloskey. However, he believes that previously infected persons may be testing positive because they have been re-infected and are now able to spread the virus.

“The trick is to tell the difference between the two,” he continued.

Because screening methods are designed to discover the virus early and prevent it from spreading, organizers expect the number of positive cases to fall as fresh arrivals into the Olympic bubble taper down.

Everyone in the bubble is being tested, and virtually everyone has been vaccinated, according to McCloskey.

“I believe you have a lower likelihood of picking up COVID in a closed loop than everywhere else in the globe,” he added.

Within the Olympic bubble, there have been 393 positive cases thus far. The figure also includes members of the press media, team officials, and others inside the bubble. For the Olympics, more than 12,800 individuals have traveled from outside China.