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Cheap Swingman Wizards Jerseys .Y. -- Injured Buffalo Sabres forward Marcus Foligno did not practice with the team Monday and head coach Ron Rolston said its unlikely hell play in Wednesdays season opener in Detroit. http://www.cheapwizardsjerseys.com/ . Thats about all he can do right now, so hes trying not to think about when he might be able to play again for the Los Angeles Lakers. The Olympics give us inspiring stories of athletes from around the world who battle and overcome so much to compete for medals. So many athletes have such incredible backstories to follow. Unfortunately, there also are usually negative topics leading into the Olympics that can stoke unnecessary concerns and fears.I think whenever you go to a major sporting event, like the Olympics or the Super Bowl, there is always some major controversy, 2012 gold medalist hurdler Aries Merritt said. Like London. Oh, theyre not going to be ready. They dont have the staff. And it was the best Olympic Games. I think there is always something that goes on every time the Olympics rolls around. In Tokyo who knows what will happen. Oh, theres a nuclear issue.There is always something.And heading into the Rio Olympics, one of those somethings has been the threat of the mosquito-borne Zika virus. So much so that I am constantly asked by friends whether I am worried about going to Rio for the Games. Researchers at Adobe found that Americans are expressing four times more concern over Zika via social media than those in any other country.Zika is a serious issue for those who live in a country where it is a problem 365 days a year. Because of that, we should help financially support research efforts to eradicate the virus and reduce its spread in Brazil and other nations.But is the threat of acquiring Zika a major concern for those just visiting Brazil during the Olympics? Not nearly as much as it has been made to seem.For one thing, August is Rios winter, so mosquitoes are not as prevalent there as during the rest of the year and the infection rate has dropped. Taking that into account, Swedish epidemiologist Mikkel Quam researched Zika and estimated that only four percent of the people - athletes, family, fans, etc. - traveling to the Olympics will get bitten by a mosquito carrying Zika, and that the chances of a person actually getting infected with the disease during that stretch is 1 in 31,000. Americans, meanwhile, are three times more likely to be killed in a car crash in the United States.UCLAs Dr. Neil Silverman says he isnt sure whether Quams estimates are accurate but says that the chances of getting Zika are relatively low. Cheap NBA Jerseys. According to Silverman, even those who do get the virus have only a 20 percent chance of developing any symptoms.For the most part, this is not going to be a serious illness if you do get it, Silverman said. Mostly fever, rash, joint muscle pains, pink eye. And these symptoms tend to be mild and last a few days to a week. Severe disease is extremely low.If Quams estimates are correct - and again, they are just estimates -- that would mean the chances of getting sick from Zika are roughly 1 in 156,000.If you do get the virus, Silverman says, you will become immune to it within a couple weeks. At that point, women will not pass it on. Men could, however, if the virus gets into the prostate. Even so, they would only be able to transmit the virus through their semen for possibly six months.When I read about an athlete who doesnt want to go to Brazil because he might be planning a family a couple years from now, that to me is overkill, Silverman said.The most horrid aspect of Zika is when it gets into the fetus of a pregnant woman and possibly lead to brain malformations in the child. Because of that concern, the Centers for Disease Control recommends that if a man who may have Zika has sex with a partner, he should wear a condom for six months, after which he would be safe from infecting.Whether anyone returning from the Olympics shows any signs of Zika or not, the CDC and Silverman say it is important to spray mosquito repellent on your body for three weeks following the return from Brazil (and, obviously, while in Rio as well). Not to keep from spreading it to other people, but to prevent a mosquito from biting you and then spreading the disease here or some other country.Again, Zika is a virus that needs to be eradicated. But the media has over-hyped the chances of athletes and visitors getting it during the 17 days of the Olympics. Could something bad happen in Rio?No one can ever predict the future for what will happen in Rio in August - or your own city. But that doesnt mean we should let ourselves be overcome by the contagion of fear. Cheap NFL Jerseys Cheap NFL Jerseys China Cheap Jerseys From China Cheap NFL Jerseys Authentic Wholesale Jerseys China Cheap NFL Jerseys China NFL Cheap Jerseys ' ' '