Aussie Olympic Superstar Emma McKeon Tests Positive For COVID-19

Australian multi-Olympic champion Emma McKeon has reportedly tested positive for COVID-19.

The 27-year-old Griffith University star had been home in Australia since having competed on the FINA World Cup circuit this season, as well as racing as a member of London Roar in season 3 of the International Swimming League (ISL).

The free and fly ace did not race at the just-concluded 2021 FINA Short Course World Championships, as Australia did not send an official team. World Record holder Kyle Chalmers and Holly Barratt were set to be the sole green and gold representatives there in Abu Dhabi but Chalmers wound up withdrawing to undergo shoulder surgery.

McKeon has appeared as part of the national public vaccine campaign.

McKeon is not the first Aussie star to have tested positive for COVID-19. LA Current’s Madi Wilson was hospitalized while competing in Naples, Italy this past September. She fully recovered and competed on the FINA World Cup circuit thereafter.

Although there are still state-by-state travel restrictions within the nation of Australia, Prime Minister Scott Morrison says mask mandates and lockdowns will not be reinstated.

79.8% of Australia’s total population has been vaccinated according to Bloomberg data, while 89.59% of Australia’s eligible population—people over the age of 12—have been fully vaccinated against Covid-19 according to a tracker run by the Sydney Morning Herald. Early evidence has led scientists to conclude that two doses of existing vaccines have limited efficacy on the new Omicron variant, which is dominating new COVID-19 infections globally with higher spread rates but generally more mild symptoms. While booster shots have provided a significant increase in levels of protection against Omicron, only 6.5% of Australians have received booster doses so far, Bloomberg reports.

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Troyy
11 months ago

So it seems like Chalmers has covid too.

Aussie
11 months ago

Emily seebohm also has covid according to her TikTok

Corn Pop
Reply to  Aussie
11 months ago

She also was in hospital isolation room for Sars2. .

Oceanian
11 months ago

And of course today, most of the State Premiers ignored the PM and reinstated mandatory mask-wearing whilst indoors (eg stores, hotels).

Troyy
Reply to  Oceanian
11 months ago

PM is too busy pandering to undesirables because of the upcoming election to do the right thing.

Last edited 11 months ago by Troyy
Corn Pop
Reply to  Troyy
11 months ago

This is about Emma not Scot Morrison but NSW is on par with his Covid viewpoints.

Last edited 11 months ago by Corn Pop
Troyy
Reply to  Corn Pop
11 months ago

NSW reintroduced a mask mandate so not anymore.

Corn Pop
Reply to  Troyy
11 months ago

You introduced the big picture of Federal. elections . I think NSW is close to his Covid viewpoints politically & socially .

Last edited 11 months ago by Corn Pop
Joel
Reply to  Oceanian
11 months ago

As they should.

Miss M
11 months ago

Is this confirmed? She’s in isolation, but that could also be because she is a close contact.

Troyy
Reply to  Miss M
11 months ago

From the Canberra Times:

“I’m feeling alright, it’s just bad timing,” McKeon told the Mercury. “There’s going to be thousands of people in the same boat over Christmas. Everyone will get COVID at some point, it’s my turn now.

She’s also not returning to training until February 😮

Aaron
11 months ago

Scary even with the current vaccines available. hope she recovers fine and doesn’t have those long-haul symptoms.

Comet
Reply to  Aaron
11 months ago

Least effective vaccine in history

Corn Pop
Reply to  Comet
11 months ago

Its plural . Israel is up to Pfizer round 4 .

João Abreu
11 months ago

Get well soon Emma! 😘

Swammer
11 months ago

Out of context, but in one of the cameo videos MA shared on his instagram, he said coming off of SC Worlds, he decided he wanted to break MPs 400 IM World Record and got it posted on the wall now.

There’s no way I see that ever happen but at least he keeps us entertained I guess

Rafael
Reply to  Swammer
11 months ago

so.. instead of dying on free he will die on the back already and be rescued after 200m?

Meow
Reply to  Swammer
11 months ago

That’s hilarious.

Khachaturian
Reply to  Swammer
11 months ago

swim swam community truly the elite comedians

There's no doubt that he's tightening up
Reply to  Swammer
11 months ago

49, 1:02, 1:08, 1:04

Taa
Reply to  Swammer
11 months ago

I have better odds on flying to the moon

Walter
Reply to  Taa
11 months ago

Pluto.

Walter
Reply to  Swammer
11 months ago

Is this true? Was he joking?

Stewie
Reply to  Walter
11 months ago

His dad has notebooks full of 25 and 50 times, so he must be serious. /s

Rafael
Reply to  Stewie
11 months ago

25 m times? We are talking about kids and pre master novice meets?

Pvdh
Reply to  Swammer
11 months ago

I’ve always wanted to see a fly and die 400IM. I mean this one will be 75m of fly and 325 of die but still it’ll be hilarious to watch.

Last edited 11 months ago by Pvdh
Underwearer
Reply to  Pvdh
11 months ago

I predict he dies 4 separate times- after the first 75 of fly, after the first 50 of back, after the first 25 of breast, and after pushing off the wall on his free leg.

swimgeek
Reply to  Pvdh
11 months ago

Um, MA went :50 in 100m LC fly THIS YEAR — how soon we forget. He would no doubt get further than a 75!

The unoriginal Tim
Reply to  swimgeek
11 months ago

Unless he changed everything about the way he swims he would go out in 52:5 and die horribly before the end of the backstroke leg.

DCC Parent
Reply to  swimgeek
11 months ago

Yeah…you are right. He will get all the way to the 150.

Bayliss
Reply to  DCC Parent
11 months ago

Everything is one degree of separation to Michael Andrew on swimswam

Mr Piano
Reply to  Swammer
11 months ago

Bro should let his swimming do the talking. He’s an insane talent but imo better to keep that to yourself.

Aussie Crawl
Reply to  Swammer
11 months ago

MA in solid training for the 150IM
Come 2024.

Daniel Carr (not the backstroker)
Reply to  Swammer
11 months ago

The only person I could see getting close to this record is Dean Farris, if he decided to become an IM swimmer, it’s all up to him

The condors were robbed
11 months ago

I love Emma Mckeon

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