Olympics Alert: Please don’t drink the (feces-filled) water

Olympics: Please don't drink the water (Bing free use).
Olympics: Please don’t drink the water (Bing free use).

Horror movie scenario come to life at the Olympics…

Has the fear of coming down with Zika got you down? Does the thought of drinking water with human feces in it kind of gross you out? None too thrilled with the notion that the water your playing in is 1.7 million times more contaminated than what’s considered safe in the US and Canada?

If you answered yes to even one of those questions, you may be smarter than an Olympic athlete. Hey, I didn’t even bring up the specter of radical Islamic terrorism.

But nonetheless, the Toronto Sun is reporting that earlier this year, “nearly 200 scientists from the World Health Organization signed a letter urging the games to be moved away from Rio because of the Zika epidemic. And Zika is just the beginning of the public health concerns.”

If that tidbit isn’t worrisome enough, it’s also been revealed that “The waterways where our athletes will be performing are contaminated with raw human sewage, dangerous viruses and bacteria.”

Yikes, indeed. If that wasn’t scary enough, It’s also been discovered that the water in Rio was 1.7 million times more contaminated than what is considered safe in the United States and Canada.

But There Is Hope…

As depressing as uber-contaminated water is, CNN cites there’s something a bit more creepy that poop and pee in the Olympic waters.

“A beach goer Wednesday discovered human body parts that had washed up on the shore, right in front of the Olympic Beach Volleyball Arena on Rio’s famed Copacabana beach.”A dismembered foot and another body part still unidentified was found, according to Andre Luiz, an officer of the Military Police. Police believe the victim was a woman or young adult. Although the circumstances surrounding the person’s death are unknown, it is another embarrassing blow to the host country.”

But Wait, There’s More…

The good folks at the Times of India quoted Dr. Valerie Harwood, Chair of the Department of Integrative Biology at the University of South Florida, who has some sound advice. Perhaps proving that all the years and hundreds of thousands of dollars spent on her education were worth it, Dr. Harwood said, presumably with a straight face:  “Don’t put your head under water.”


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