Albany experts available to discuss Tokyo Olympics



ALBANY, NY (July 20, 2021) – The Tokyo 2020 Olympics are finally set to begin this week after being postponed last year, just as new cases of coronavirus in the region peaked in six months. A number of athletes have already tested positive in the Olympic Village.

The opening ceremony is still underway for Friday. But, the organizers of the Olympics banned all spectators from the games after Japan declared its fourth state of emergency, to curb the wave of new viral infections. The state of emergency will last until August 22.

Experts from the University of Albany are available to discuss Tokyo 2020 and the public safety risk it poses to athletes, event planners and local residents.

Tomoko udo can discuss the slow deployment of the vaccine in Japan and the increase in coronavirus cases around the highly contagious delta variant. Udo is an associate professor of health policy, management and behavior at the Albany School of Public Health. During the pandemic, she worked closely with University leaders in a public health advisor role.

“I think a few factors impacted the high risk of COVID-19 outbreaks at the Olympics. The first is the localized and sporadic implementation by Japan of restrictions such as early restaurant and bar closures, which have never led to a successful reduction in cases. The second is the slow deployment of the vaccine – currently only about 20 percent of the population is fully immunized. These factors coincide with the spread of the delta variant, leading to strong resistance from citizens to question the benefits and value of hosting the Olympics at this time. Event organizers have made the decision not to allow spectators, but the increase in cases in the region remains a concern.

Jayson Kratoville can discuss how organizers can mobilize data and effective planning to mitigate and respond to outbreaks. Kratoville is the Acting Director of the National Center for Security and Preparedness at the College of Emergency Preparedness, Homeland Security and Cyber ​​Security in Albany. He leads NCSP’s efforts to help people, organizations and communities adapt to changing risks.

“Organizers have a responsibility to athletes, staff and surrounding communities to mitigate outbreaks and have sustainable response plans in the event of a sharp increase. Frequent surveillance tests provide data to allow immediate intervention in individual cases and early detection of outbreaks. While conversations about individual risks are important, it is essential to focus resources on mitigating the risk of overwhelming medical infrastructure.

Susanna Fessler is an expert on Japanese culture and heritage. She has written extensively on Japanese literature and is an expert on the Japanese language. From her graduate studies and a research fellowship in Japan, she gained expertise in the cultural and political life of Japan. The first includes views unique to Buddhist, Catholic, Unitarian and Meiji traditions.

“The political importance of hosting the Olympics gives Japan an international status that the government would highly appreciate,” she noted.

Thomas Bass recently wrote an article on the 10th anniversary of the Fukushima disaster in Japan. He can discuss the many lasting impacts of the tragedy that remain today, including the radioactive particles that contaminated the earth. Bass is an English and Journalism teacher and has been teaching at UAlbany for over 15 years.

“Japan hopes to draw our attention to the renovated schools and town halls, reopened train stations and the two new museums that have been built in Fukushima, while trying to keep television cameras away from crumbling houses and radioactive cars located outside. proximity. “

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