I just listened to Michael Matthews’ instagram update with about his COVID19 tests, apparently he tested negative twice after pulling out of the Giro. Does anyone know if he actually experienced symptoms, is that why he was tested or was it part of a daily protocol? On the same note, does anyone know how Simon Yates is doing?
This event reminded me about a discussion I had with a friend early on in the pandemic. He said endurance athletes will likely experience more severe symptoms with COVID19 because of their training. His opinion, as a physician, was that endurance athletes have a significantly stronger inflammatory response than sedentary people, and that response would result in a more powerful cytokine storm which could translate to worse symptoms than in sedentary folks.
Granted this was early on in the pandemic so I don’t know if things have changed, but I’m curious to know if there’s any scientific weight behind what my friend said. I know athletes are more prone to catching COVID19, but does that also translate to worse symptoms than folks who are not training in an endurance sport?
EDIT: I should note that I’ve heard the opposite too, that because endurance athletes have a stronger cardiovascular system that they’re able to run through the virus quicker and with less symptoms. I know there are people attributing this to Michael Matthews’ negative tests, that the first test was not a false positive.