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.