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Athletes Village for Olympics could house virus patients

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By YURI KAGEYAMA and STEPHEN WADE

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Suggesting the Olympic will not be able to hold next year.

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I can already hear the hords of Olympic players screaming they won't stay there.

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Athletes Village for Olympics could house virus patients

I’m going to fix the title:

Athletes Village for Olympics should house virus patients

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Athletes Village for Olympics could house virus patients

I’m going to fix the title:

Athletes Village for Olympics should house virus patients

Agree. Well done.

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Yeah, so long as they can successfully disinfect the rooms for the athletes before the Olympics next year, then by all means, do it. I mean in the US, a lot of places are running out of hospital beds. And I know that hasn’t hit Japan that hard yet, but it’s something that they deathly need to be open to, and prepare for.

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This must be the best idea using athletes village as there are hundreds of rooms available soon. There is no problem to disinfect all rooms before Olympics starts. I heard Japan perfectly disinfected Diamond Princess cruise ship and it's already gone.

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I would love to stay in that plush Olympic accommodation if I got it and had mild symptoms, or even no symptoms. That should definitely be up there on the list.

Then there are also plenty of other facilities they could use. School gyms that are presently allocated for emergency accommodation in cases of natural disaster, also come to mind. Many of these already have some emergency supplies too.

When these are full, they should also make use of Tokyo Dome. And when it's full, use another big sports stadium, and so on.

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It is sensible approach. Japan might need more rooms around cluster area. Everyone should get involved especially corporations!

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I am going to raise these questions to everyone here that I asked @Fuzzy on another post.

What people with no symptoms or mild symptoms are willing to isolate themselves in a low/mid-price range hotel for an indefinite amount of time for the sake of the nation? Will there jobs waiting? Can they eat and drink anything or as much as they want? Will they be able to hang out with the other people housed in the complex?

What non hospital staff will be willing to cater to these guests knowing what they know now about COVID-19?

How will they get people to obey the quarantine short of police or martial law?

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I thought Japan was clear, Abe said? Now we need beds all over the place?

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They could, yes, but will they? My guess is no. We're going to see the same prioritizing as we did that landed Tokyo in the current mess it's in; putting the Olympics first before the health of the nation. Imagine this photo of the Athletes' Village and these beds as they are, but with Corona patients on them (the blankets still reading "Tokyo 2020"). Who would want to stay there next year, despite them no doubt being thoroughly sanitized well beforehand? The government has thought of this, and hence they have not taken the measures to ENSURE that these unused places are used to house sick people, despite the fact the government is constantly talking about the threat of being overwhelmed, of a shortage of "venues" for the sick, etc.

Nope. Keeping the dream of the Olympics alive is not worth the risk, to this government. They'll therefore increase the infected and death rate, and inadvertently threaten the postponement.

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Instead of patients, they can consider using the village to store the dead bodies of Covid-19 victims that will inevitably begin to pile up.

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vanityofvanities:

Suggesting the Olympic will not be able to hold next year.

Can I add that to my growing list of failed predictions?

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Athletes Village for Olympics could house virus patients

I am not sure what the point is. The problem with an overloaded health system that there are not enough doctors, nurses and ICU equipment for the badly affected people.

I don´t see how just providing "bed" solves that. Unless Abe can turn the Olympic village into a staffed hospital.

Those people with mild or no symptoms (the vast majority) does not need to put in special beds.

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Who would want to stay there next year, despite them no doubt being thoroughly sanitized well beforehand?

It seems to me all nations would understand Japan's idea well concerning this world pandemic spread.

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