Hungarian Swimming Reports 9 Positive Tests for COVID-19 at Training Camps

News that additional Hungarian swimmers have tested positive for COVID-19 is rolling in after world champion Boglarka Kapas announced her positive test. The Hungarian Swimming Federation released a statement saying that nine people, including National Team swimmers and staff members, had tested positive as of Tuesday night.

All individuals were tested as part of Hungarian Swimming’s training camps – swimmers and staff members have to test negative twice before entering any of the five national facilities that have reportedly been made available. As part of that protocol, Dominik Kozma, David Horvath and Richard Bohus have also confirmed on Instagram they tested positive; Horvath and Bohus have both said they do not yet have symptoms.

Many of the swimmers were at a training camp in Thailand before returning to Hungary. Kozma, Horvath, Bohus, and Kapas were all members of Hungary’s team at the 2019 World Championships. Kozma (7th in the 200 free) made a final while Bohus (10th in the 50 back, 15th in the 100 back) made the semi-finals. Kapas was the 2019 World Champion in the 200 fly.

Hungarian star Katinka Hosszu, who was not in Thailand but is now in Budapest, has not yet been accounted for by name. World champion and World Record breaker Kristóf Milák‘s coach told Hungarian outlet Index that he tested negative twice.

Full statement from Hungarian Swimming (translated from Hungarian):

“As it is known, the Hungarian Swimming Federation has been trying to find a solution for the national athlete’s special needs so that the national athletes can continue to train in the pool.

The MSA agreed with the swimming pool operators – primarily the leaders of the National Sports Centers – and the state’s sports management that only those who went through two coronavirus tests and who tested negative for the three-day difference can train in foreign training camps, and spent 14 days in quarantine after returning home. For trainers previously in Hungary, this was a negative test. (The MSA used a private provider for sampling, while the tests were processed in state-accredited laboratories – the full cost of the procedure was covered by the association’s own resources.)

All members of the national team as well as professionals (coaches, trainers) participated in the testing. The alliance continues to deliver results that have shown positive results for nine people as of Tuesday night.

All of them went to training camps abroad, after which they went to quarantine for 14 days, that is, since their return they have not been training.

The Hungarian Swim Federation cooperates fully with health organizations and allows only those swimmers to begin pool training who can be excluded from infection – that is to say, in addition to one or two negative tests, they have never been in contact with their infected counterparts before the start of quarantine, even after it has expired.

During closed training camps, swimmers will work under constant medical supervision and regularly undergo medical examinations.

According to the information received from the infected, none of them currently require special medical attention, but they have already been contacted by the state epidemic authorities. Should any of them require treatment, they will also be subject to the rules of the current national health protocol.”

As of Tuesday, Hungary has 492 confirmed cases of COVID-19 and 16 confirmed deaths.

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Kristiina
1 year ago

Hosszu and Laszlo Cseh is negative.

Monteswim
1 year ago

“Covid-10” in thumbnail caption lol

Participant Ribbon
Reply to  Monteswim
1 year ago

Yup, and if you have that thumbnail then isolate you to a pool and all you can do is training, sleep, and eat.

Pvdh
1 year ago

Keep in mind that millions have likely contracted the virus, gotten over it, and not felt a thing. Swimmers especially will not have respiratory issues for the most part and would be most likely to be completely asymptomatic

That’s why it’s so dangerous. Young people will have no idea they even have it and spread it around.

Pvdh
Reply to  Pvdh
1 year ago

Which on the plus side, the mortality rate is likely significantly below the reported rate as of now.

But still, the at risk population is massive.

Participant Ribbon
Reply to  Pvdh
1 year ago

Agree, hard to tell how many have actually had it and gotten over it at this point. At least the testing products seem to be ramping up so I would expect the number of infected to climb significantly but the mortality rate as a percentage to drop.

dmswim
Reply to  Pvdh
1 year ago

I’m not sure swimmers will fair better considering the damage chlorine exposure has done to our lungs. I spent many years coughing to the point of gagging at meets due to the poor air quality. That couldn’t have been good for my lungs.

swimgeek
Reply to  dmswim
1 year ago

Has there ever been research indicating longterm/permanent damage caused by indoor pool air quality? I’ve not seen that.

Doubter
Reply to  dmswim
1 year ago

Maybe the chlorine kills the virus too 😉

Sam
Reply to  Pvdh
1 year ago

I am an ER nurse and I have seen athletic young people put in ventilators! And once ERs become oversaturated, mortality rate will climb in all age groups! Stop saying to young people that they will fell nothing!

Bucs123
Reply to  Sam
1 year ago

Anecdotal evidence. If viewed on global scale, mortality rate in athletic young people will be extremely low. Look at the mounds of data we already have.

It’s like any other disease, there will be outliers in all age groups.

Respectfully disagree
Reply to  Bucs123
1 year ago

Not so anecdotal. 19% of Olympic swimmers from the 2008 games had asthma. Seeing as this is a respiratory illness, having asthma will be a problem regardless if you’re an athlete.

Bucs123
Reply to  Respectfully disagree
1 year ago

Asthma could make your course of illness worse I completely agree. And yet when the data is looked at, the majority of those 19% (If young and otherwise healthy) will still recover without problem with some rest and maybe some extra nebulizer treatments and very few will require hospitalization. Cardiac disease is the highest risk factor for severe complications anyway it appears.

Brownish
Reply to  Bucs123
1 year ago

(Partly os mainly) because the usage of ACE inhibitors ?

RUN-DMC
Reply to  Respectfully disagree
1 year ago

Maybe 19% claimed to have asthma for the purpose of getting a TUE.

Awsi Dooger
Reply to  Bucs123
1 year ago

The hoax crew has now moved on to anecdotal evidence. It is nothing but ignorant and disgraceful. There is evidence of lung scarring that may be permanent and cause complications down the road, even in young survivors.

Ol' Longhorn
Reply to  Bucs123
1 year ago

“It’s just the flu.” smh

Safta
Reply to  Pvdh
1 year ago

um what about Cameron Van Der Burgh? He is VERY FIT, a Championship Swimmer and is struggling a residual cough and muscle weakness. Covid19 Is NO JOKE!

Bucs123
Reply to  Safta
1 year ago

Residual cough and muscle weakness? Those are not severe symptoms. Post viral coughs can last for WEEKS with any upper respiratory infection.

I was not insinuating it was a joke. But the only people who post about their experience with it are the people who had it severe, and in the case of young healthy individuals, those are outliers. The millions of young individuals who had barely any symptoms will not be posting about it because no one cares. So when a couple well known athletes get it and post about it, it’s no surprise.

bigNowhere
Reply to  Pvdh
1 year ago

South Korea did massive widespread testing. They did find a lot of asymptomatic young people, but their statistics are not *that* different than what has been reported by other countries. I am skeptical about any argument based on hypothetical millions of asymptomatic people.

A lot of “asymtomatic” people wound up getting really sick a few days later. This virus has a pretty long incubation period. This paper (https://www.medrxiv.org/content/10.1101/2020.03.09.20033357v1.full.pdf) estimates that an infection takes around 23-24 days to resolve. The first 5-6 days the patient doesn’t show any symptoms. It takes an average of 5 days between the onset of symptoms and hospitalization, for those who need it. Finally it takes about 2… Read more »

DLSwim
Reply to  bigNowhere
1 year ago

Finally someone with real data. These are complicated issues, and unless you’re an epidemiologist or an expert in infectious diseases, your opinion is not worth anything.

Gheko
1 year ago

What are they doing in training camps?

Less backstroke
Reply to  Gheko
1 year ago

Camping.

Ladyvoldisser
Reply to  Less backstroke
1 year ago

GREAT RESPONSE! Also cooking Hungarian Goulash over campfire.

Taa
Reply to  Gheko
1 year ago

Telling jokes about Tussup

JP input is too short
Reply to  Taa
1 year ago

Dean Farris tells the *best* Tusup jokes.

anonymoose
Reply to  JP input is too short
1 year ago

Shane *is* the best Tusup joke.

Coach
Reply to  Taa
1 year ago

Can we + this extra?

IM FAN
1 year ago

Take this seriously everyone, just be cautious. I don’t know how or why the WHO settled on the name COVID-19, but what the virus itself is actually called is SARS-CoV-2. SARS (Severe Acute Respiratory Syndrome) is quite nasty, as you can probably guess from the name.

The virus will continue to ravage the world for the coming months, and despite China and the CCP claiming victory over the virus in truth they have not been reporting cases that are asymptomatic, and more sisterly (fair warning: my source for this is an awesome YouTuber called Serpentza who has lived in China for over 12 years and though he has moved to the states fearing the CCP he still has friends… Read more »

Brownish
Reply to  IM FAN
1 year ago

As true as no case in Tajikistan or North Korea. Certainly.

IM FAN
Reply to  Brownish
1 year ago

I wonder what those 3 countries have in common…

Brownish
Reply to  IM FAN
1 year ago

4. Russia.

Konner Scott
Reply to  IM FAN
1 year ago

I believe it was changed to avoid confusion with the original SARS virus.

IM FAN
Reply to  Konner Scott
1 year ago

Yeah but how does changing the name to coronavirus help with the confusion? The common cold is a coronavirus, as is SARS, as is MERS, and many other viruses. In all honesty I don’t see why they spent other a month finding a name for the virus when the name given to it by Chinese media, “Wuhan Coronavirus”, was perfectly fine, especially since there is a precedent for diseases to be named after geographical locations (Ebola, Spanish flu, Lyme Disease, MERS, ect…)

Corn Pop
Reply to  IM FAN
1 year ago

The ‘Spanish flu began in harsh rural Kansas ,in the winter of 2018 , incubated in the equally cold & poor US,Army camps of 50,000 & taken to Europe .

Corn Pop
Reply to  Corn Pop
1 year ago

Then by returning soldiers . Hence like cruise ship passengers & tourists they were not popular . Truly awful after a truly awful war .

IM FAN
Reply to  Corn Pop
1 year ago

There is no definitive theory for were the Spanish flu started. In addition rural Kansas there is also a popular theory about northern China being the orgin point, and Great Britian is another popular theory.

Either way the Spanish flu is named after the geographical location “Spain”.

bigNowhere
Reply to  IM FAN
1 year ago

South Korea (a democracy) has done a good job of containing it so far.

Gator
1 year ago

Hope they all get well soon 🙏

Olympian
1 year ago

Stay… home… When I told Ryan to stay home y’all blasted the dislikes and comments, are we just gonna realize how serious this is when half of our national team gets sick??

Taa
Reply to  Olympian
1 year ago

No one should be worried about the national team. Its grandpa and grandma and all the medical people I’m worried about.

PsychoDad
Reply to  Taa
1 year ago

About 50% of all cases in Austin are people between 20 and 40. We know that because they are sick, very sick. Many young peopel will end up in ICU and some of them on ventilator. Once you are on a ventilator, things get really serious. Errors cannot be made, but medical staff will be overworked, tired, overwhelmed, scarred, and lots of things can go wrong. Do not underestimate this virus, no matter how old you are. There will be few thousand of people between 20 annd 30 dead from coronavirus before this is all over.

Coach
1 year ago

Best wishes for a speedy recovery. This has to be a scary time for all.

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Torrey is from Oakland, CA, and majored in media studies and American studies at Claremont McKenna College, where she swam distance freestyle for the Claremont-Mudd-Scripps team. Outside of SwimSwam, she has bylines at Sports Illustrated, Yahoo Sports, SB Nation, and The Student Life newspaper.

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