SWFI Monday – 2016 Summer Olympics Edition

Sure we think of the athletes when it comes to the Olympics, but what about the spectators? Every two years, Dr. Lisa Delpy Neirotti of George Washington University takes her students to Rio to conduct research on the venue, hospitality, media, seating, security, and overall draw of spectators to the events.

Zika has become an epidemic effecting the lives of those in more than 50 countries and territories in the Americas – and even kept several athletes and spectators from the 2016 Summer Olympics in Rio. NIH has just announced that it is beginning to test an investigational Zika vaccine in humans.

Learn about the science behind time keeping at the Olympics in NSF’s “Science of the Summer Olympics: Measuring a Champion” video.

We’ve heard about the less-than-suitable conditions of the Olympic Village and the risk of contracting Zika in Rio, but what are the potential health risks of those competing in water sports?