The change from a mild threat to one of abundant precaution is one of the statements that is being mentioned about the Zika Virus. With some 500,000 people anticipated to attend the Olympic Games, this is now a major concern.
Sadly, this is only one of many threats being announced on a regular basis about this year’s Rio Olympic Games. However, the Zika Virus is a biggy. People planning to attend must arm themselves with the necessary information on how to protect themselves from this virus.
One of the major concerns is that due to the number of people planning to attend, is there the threat that many of these people might bring the virus back to their homeland, thus causing the virus to spread in epidemic proportions.
It has been said that Brazil is considered to be the country that saw the most hits from the Zika Virus in the Western Hemisphere. With some 1.5 million Brazilians having already contracted the virus, the concerns are real.
Since some 200,000 U.S. citizens are planning to attend the Games, this is also a major concern for infectious disease specialists. Because the host is a mosquito, most of those attending will return to warm climates where mosquitoes are still prevalent.
One of the biggest concerns is for pregnant women or those expecting to get pregnant because the Zika Virus has been linked to severe birth defects.
The good news is that for those not expecting this is a virus not considered to be life-threatening, nor do most of those infected ever have any symptoms. However, the downside of that is they might not know that they have the virus and thus can and will they bring it home with them to one day infect someone who does end up with the symptoms.
The other good news is that there is a lot of effort being put into eliminating any risk issues in areas connected to the Olympic Games, such as stagnant water.
Some tips include dressing in light colors since mosquitoes are attracted to dark colors. Why, because they track their “victims” through scent but also with vision. It’s also suggested that you wear a mosquito repellent. Mosquitoes find these repellents (and therefore us) unpleasant.
If you are someone who likes to go all natural, try Thieves Spray or Purification, a therapeutic oil that can be purchased from Young Living.
The bottom line though, if you plan to go to Rio for the Olympic Games, bring your mosquito spray and pay attention to how you dress. Then start praying!