Lewis Hamilton has stated he is symptom-free of COVID-19, despite having been in recent contact with two people who have been confirmed to have the virus.
Attending a charity event on March 4 in London alongside actor Idris Elba and Sophie Trudeau, wife of Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau, it was speculated that Hamilton could have been exposed to the coronavirus after both Elba and Trudeau tested positive.
However, Hamilton has now taken to social media to reassure his fans that he is “feeling healthy and working out twice a day”, but has nevertheless spent the past week in self-isolation.
“Hey guys, I hope you’re all staying positive, and keeping busy and healthy. There’s been some speculation about my health, after I was at an event where two people later tested positive for Coronavirus,” began Hamilton in his statement released on Twitter.
“I wanted to let you know that I’m doing well, feeling healthy and working out twice a day. I have zero symptoms, and it’s now been 17 days since I saw Sophie and Idris.
Having noted she was feeling unwell after her return to Canada, Trudeau was diagnosed with the virus on March 12 — the Thursday of the Australian Grand Prix — while Elba’s case was confirmed four days later.
Per medical advice, symptoms of COVID-19 are expected to manifest within 2-14 days of exposure to the virus.
“I have been in touch with Idris and happy to hear he is ok,” Hamilton continued.
“I did speak to my doctor and double checked if I needed to take a test but the truth is, there is a limited amount of tests available and there are people who need it more than I do, especially when I wasn’t showing any symptoms at all.
“So what I’ve done is keep myself isolated this past week, actually since practice was cancelled last Friday and kept my distance from people.
“The most important thing everyone can do is stay positive, social distance yourself as best you can, self isolate if you need to, and regularly wash your hands with soap and water for at least 20 seconds.
“Thank you for all the messages. I’m sending you positivity and love from afar. Keep safe. #TeamLH”
In any case, with the Formula 1 season on hold until at least June, it will be quite some time before Hamilton is back racing yet.