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Experts Fear the Olympics Could Trigger a Global Super Spreader Event

  • The games have a history of infectious disease outbreaks
  • Athletes, staff in a bubble, but no quarantine, vaccination
Former Olympian Motoko Obayashi runs with the torch during the Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games torch relay at Tsurugajo Castle in Fukushima Prefecture on March 26.
Former Olympian Motoko Obayashi runs with the torch during the Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games torch relay at Tsurugajo Castle in Fukushima Prefecture on March 26.Photographer: Philip Fong/AFP/Getty Images
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The Tokyo Summer Olympics has survived being postponed, a mountain of scandal and bad publicity. Now comes the real challenge: pulling off the world’s biggest sporting event safely in the middle of a pandemic.