The reigning world champion, the Briton, wanted to reassure himself about his state of health, after rubbing shoulders with some of the personalities who proved positive at Covid-19, but yet hasn’t received a test.
Formula One World Champion Lewis Hamilton has been confined for the past week as a precautionary measure after meeting people infected with the coronavirus.
Two weeks ago, the British driver attended a dinner with several personalities, including two who later announced they were positive at Covid-19: Sophie Trudeau, the wife of the Canadian Prime Minister, and British actor Idris Elba. This situation gave rise to rumours about the state of health of the six-time Formula 1 world champion.
On Saturday, Lewis Hamilton therefore reassured his fans on social networks:
“I wanted to tell you that I’m fine, that I feel fit and that I work out twice a day. I don’t have any symptoms and it’s now 17 days since I saw Sophie and Idris.
“I’m in contact with Idris and I’m happy to know that he’s doing well. I have spoken to my doctor and I’ve checked if I need to be tested, but the truth is that there are a limited number of tests available and there are people who need them more than I do, especially since I have not shown any symptoms.”
He added: “So I’ve been in isolation for the past week since the cancellation of free practice (of the Australian Grand Prix) on Friday and I’ve kept my distance from the others.
“The most important thing everyone can do is to remain optimistic, apply social distancing as much as possible, isolate yourself if necessary and wash your hands regularly with soap and water for at least 20 seconds.”
The incubation period, the time between infection with the virus and the first symptoms of a disease that has killed more than 4,000 people worldwide, is estimated by the World Health Organization to be between 1 and 14 days.
“I also spoke to my doctor and asked him again if I needed to be tested, but there are not many tests available and there are people who need it more than I do,” added the driver, who has been in isolation since March 13, when the Australian Grand Prix was cancelled.
It is possible that Hamilton has the virus but is unaffected by symptoms, such is the insidious nature of this infection.
It’s unclear as to why Idris and Sophie elected to be tested but Hamilton was told not to bother. The limited tests have always been in short supply but others in the party had been tested. TJ13 won’t make speculation as to what makes Lewis different, but clearly there’s more than one reason he didn’t get a test.
— Lewis Hamilton (@LewisHamilton) March 21, 2020