How Did Covid Affect the Olympics?

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Chloe Shearer, Staff Reporter

Olympians can ski fast, but they can’t ski away from Covid. Even with heavy precautions, Covid cases are still cropping up due to the Olympics. So, what are China’s precautions? Are the new policies in Beijing effective or not? Let’s walk through all the procedures.

To start, all foreign spectators are barred from the games. The Olympians are also kept in a “closed loop” or “bubble” system. The circles the Olympians must stay in are, unsurprisingly, shaped like bubbles. This prevents any contact whatsoever with the outside world. The system includes designated busses, trains, hotels, and streets specifically for foreigners in Beijing for the Olympics. Very few Beijing natives are allowed in the bubble to watch the games

All athletes must be vaccinated at least 14 days before arrival to Beijing. Any unvaccinated athletes must quarantine for 21 days in Beijing before even entering the Olympic “bubbles.” Anyone looking to fly to Beijing must have two negative Covid tests 24 hours apart within 96 hours of their flight. Once entering the loop, everyone is tested daily. If an athlete tests positive, they are immediately isolated. Those with symptoms are placed in a designated hospital. Those who are asymptomatic are placed in a designated hotel.

This sounds like a lot, especially compared to Tokyo’s restrictions. The restrictions there were similar, but not quite as strict. But are these policies even working? No cases have spread into the city of Beijing, which was China’s goal, making these procedures effective in preventing new Covid cases in the city.