Los angeles (AFP) - Olympic champion swimmer Cameron van der Burgh stated Sunday that he had gotten smaller COVID-19, imparting perception into how coronavirus infection ought to affect 2020 Olympic hopefuls.

"i have been suffering with Covid-19 for 14 days nowadays," South Africa’s van der Burgh wrote on Twitter. "by way of some distance the worst virus i have ever endured in spite of being a wholesome man or woman with robust lungs (no smoking/game), living a healthy lifestyle and being young (least at danger demographic).

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Van der Burgh, the 2012 Olympic 100m breaststroke international champion and former world record-holder, retired from the sport in 2018.

A still-healthy 31, he remained among the ones least possibly to be significantly impacted with the aid of the deadly virus.

however he stated the debilitating effects of the contamination had been lingering.

"although the most excessive signs (excessive fever) have eased, i am nonetheless suffering with extreme fatigue and a residual cough that i will’t shake," van der Burgh wrote. "Any bodily hobby like walking leaves me exhausted for hours."

Van der Burgh accompanied his London triumph with a silver medal on the 2016 Rio Olympics and retired after triumphing gold in the 2018 short path world championships.

He stated contracting the virus would be a intense blow to any athlete in education.

"The loss in body conditioning has been titanic and can best sense for the athletes that agreement Covid-19 as they may suffer a brilliant loss of modern conditioning via the remaining schooling cycle. Infection towards competition being the worst."

as the global Olympic Committee faced mounting strain to put off the 2020 Tokyo video games in the face of the coronavirus pandemic, van der Burgh feared that Olympic hopefuls might positioned their fitness at threat looking to prepare.

"Athletes will maintain to teach as there's no clarification re summer games and as a consequence are exposing themselves to needless chance -- and those that do agreement will strive rush back to schooling maximum in all likelihood improving/extending the damage/recuperation time," he wrote. "Please, appearance after your self every person! Health comes first -- COVID-19 is not any joke!"