Rory McIlroy Raises Concerns About Zika

Rory McIlroy Raises Concerns About Zika

With Zika still plaguing Central and South America, and the 2016 Olympics in Rio de Janeiro quickly approaching, many athletes are debating whether or not they want to risk their health to participate. The Zika virus has been found to cause birth defects in unborn children and can be sexually transmitted, making many Olympic athletes wary of putting themselves and their families at risk if they decide to participate in the games.

Rory McIlroy, who is set to represent Ireland in the 2016 Olympic Games, has shared many concerns about the Zika epidemic. The golfer has stated he’s considering starting a family with his fiancée in the next few years and is afraid of anything affecting those plans. McIlroy says that, at the moment, he is still ready to play in Brazil but has some concerns.

Many other high-profile athletes, such as Pau Gasol, have also said that their decision to participate in the 2016 Olympic Games could hinge on any new information uncovered about Zika. Other athletes like Marc Leishman have flat-out said they will not compete due to the Zika epidemic.

Despite suggestions to move the location of the Olympic Games, the World Health Organization has released an official statement saying that changing the location of the games will not impact the international spread of Zika. The WHO went on to say that there was no public health justification for postponing or canceling the games either.

All eyes are on Brazil as the Olympic Games draw closer. There are many different opinions about what the games could mean for the spread of Zika. The team at NET effect is here to keep you updated. And whether you’re headed to the games or just watching them at home, picking up a bottle of NET effect is the best way to keep yourself and the people you love safe.