Lewis Hamilton has said he is “feeling healthy” following concerns he may have come into close contact with a number of high-profile figures who later tested positive for Covid-19 coronavirus.
Hamilton attended an event in London on March 4 where he was pictured alongside actor Idris Elba and Sophie Grégoire Trudeau, the wife of Canadian prime minister Justin Trudeau, both of which have tested positive for the virus.
It’s not known where and when Elba and Trudeau picked up the virus, but Hamilton insists he has shown no symptoms, but chose to self-isolate following the cancelled Australian Grand Prix, where a member of the McLaren team tested positive alongside members of tyre supplier Pirelli.
“Hey guys, I hope you’re all staying positive, and keeping busy and healthy,” the six-time champion wrote in a social media post. “There’s been some speculation about my health, after I was at an event where two people later tested positive for Coronavirus.
“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. I have been in touch with Idris and happy to hear he is OK.
“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.”