A prefecture in Japan is re-using 800 cardboard “anti-sex” beds that were used in the Tokyo Olympics and Paralympics for COVID-19 patients.
The details: Osaka Governor Hiro Yoshimura has confirmed that the beds will be set up at a temporary medical facility in Osaka by the end of September, the Japan Times reported.
- “Those beds were for Olympians and they are high quality,” Yoshimura told local media.
- Airweave, which offered 18,000 beds to the Summer Olympics and 8,000 beds to the Paralympic Games, initially wanted to donate the beds to hospitals at the onset of the pandemic.
- “Once we knew the Olympics would be postponed by a year, we reckoned we could put the beds to use for more pressing purposes,” CEO Motokuni Takaoka told VICE World News. “But the pandemic never got bad enough where prefectures were scrambling for beds. So we’re happy to put them to good use now.”
Going viral: The beds were reportedly first installed at the Tokyo Olympic Village to prevent sex between athletes, but that was quickly debunked as more than one person can be on a bed at a time.
- “Beds to be installed in Tokyo Olympic Village will be made of cardboard, this is aimed at avoiding intimacy among athletes,” American distance runner Paul Chelimo tweeted.
- “Beds will be able to withstand the weight of a single person to avoid situations beyond sports,” Chelimo continued. “I see no problem for distance runners, even 4 of us can do.”
- The bed’s manufacturer Airweave, however, said the bed can support weights of up to 440 pounds.
- Despite having more than 50% of the population fully vaccinated as of mid-September, Japan opted not to go under lockdown during the pandemic. The country has counted more than 1.65 million cases and 16,700 deaths, the Associated Press reported.