The 2022 Winter Olympics in Beijing, China are underway, and they will be affected by the threat of COVID-19 as the Omicron variant continues to spread.
While the U.S. Ski & Snowboard team prepares for the celebrated international competition, Global Rescue, a travel security firm, is poised to provide emergency support in the event of illness or injury among any of the team members.
“Chinese officials have implemented a closed-loop policy to protect against the spread of the disease. Global Rescue medical and security experts will not be allowed onsite, but members of the U.S. Ski & Snowboard team will have access to on-staff medical experts for real-time consultations with U.S.-based medical professionals who will help sort out any injuries or illnesses, including COVID-19,” said Dan Richards, Global Rescue CEO.
Official Chinese resources will handle ground and air transports for medical evacuations. “Any emergency medical situation arising that requires outside, non-Chinese support will be handled on a case-by-case basis by international government and medical officials. It’s all quite unprecedented,” Richards said.