(ATR) Empty venues and quarantines for athletes could be ahead for the Tokyo Olympics a leading epidemiologist in the U.S. tells Around the Rings.
Speaking in the latest ATRadio podcast Dr. Jeffrey Engel says he believes the Olympics and Paralympics can take place next year, but extraordinary steps may be needed for athlete and spectator safety from Covid-19.
Since the coronavirus was first reported on December 31, 2019 more than 3.7 million cases in 187 countries have been recorded with 260,000 deaths and 1.2 million recoveries,
Engel says spectators may need to be barred from events to protect the illness from spreading. He says risks to athletes can be lowered by a quarantine in Japan two weeks ahead of the Games.
Engel, senior advisor on Covid-19 for the Council of State and Territorial Epidemiologists, a U.S. professional association, spoke with ATR
Editor Ed Hula in this ATRadio recorded May 6.