Robert Gentel wrote:
And this, in my opinion, is a ridiculously timid approach to take to the world. Millions of people do this every year without incident and Rio has great beaches that are definitely worth exploring if you have the opportunity. Much of the interesting and beautiful things in the world live in developing nations with developing nation problems. I, for one, do not want to live in a tiny bubble and see this kind of thinking as inordinate paranoia.
I'm sure there are a lot of other nice beaches that do not have high levels of contamination in them.
In fact, other than the high viral load, what do Rio beaches have that isn't available in Miami (or Key West, or Puerto Rico)?
I don't really see much reason to venture outside US territory.