Days before the opening ceremony, serious health concerns hit the Winter Olympics

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The buzz leading up to the Winter Olympics in Pyeongchang, South Korea has been mostly negative and having nothing to do with sports themselves. Whether it was Olympians preempting success by saying they wouldn’t visit the White House or North Korea acting up or horror stories from Olympics past connected to the Larry Nassar scandal, the press has not been positive. You can now add serious health concerns just days in advance of the opening ceremony to this list of storylines. USA Today reported that 1,200 security guards have been sidelined after concerns were raised of spreading Norovirus, this after 21 private security staff members and 11 more fell ill. These 32 cases were confirmed to have Norovirus. As recently as Sunday, workers started vomiting, experiencing headaches and diarrhea. The sick have been quarantined and replaced by active military. “To address the shortfall in security workforce due to the isolation, 900 military personnel have been deployed to take over the work of the civil safety personnel,” the organizing committee said in a statement. “They will work across 20 venues until all affected workforce are able to return to duty.” Tests over the last five days on the water used for cooking and general consumption have proved negative for norovirus, organizers said. But hygiene inspections will be intensified on all food and beverage facilities at the Olympics, which open on Friday.

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