Sumary of Covid Japan: Olympics could cause outbreaks to surge in vulnerable populations:
- Like the U.S. and other nations, the COVID-19 pandemic’s impact on Japan has been shaped by socioeconomic disparities – and outbreaks driven by the Olympics could continue this trend.
- In Japan, regions with lower incomes, higher unemployment, more essential workers, and other conditions have faced higher COVID-19 case and death rates, according to a recent paper from the Harvard T.
- Covid outbreaks jumpstarted by the Olympics could hit Japan’s disadvantaged communities harder, a new paper suggests.
- Pictured: A staff member cleans partitions at the Olympics media center Tokyo is currently seeing a surge in Covid cases as the Olympics kick off on July 23The Summer 2021 Olympics were delayed from 2020 due to the Covid pandemic but, even as the games open on Friday, Covid concerns are far from vanquished.
- While Tokyo declared a state of emergency on July 8 due to rising Covid cases, the games are still going ahead – with no spectators and intense precautions for athletes.
- Indeed, with only 23 percent of the Japanese population fully vaccinated – and many Olympic staffers and volunteers operating on only one dose – an outbreak may seem inevitable.
- In the U.S., when Covid surges, disadvantaged populations are at higher risk of infection and death.
- The country has a low Covid death rate, just 15,000 deaths since the start of the pandemic.