Usain Bolt, the world’s fastest human, could not outrun the coronavirus. And he might not outrun the blow-back from the Twitterverse either.
Reuters announced Monday evening that world-record Jamaican sprinter and eight-time Olympic gold medalist tested positive for the coronavirus. He is now self isolating at his home in the Caribbean.
However, some are questioning his willingness to hold a party the night before.
Jamaica’s health office confirmed to Reuters that Bolt has tested positive. Jamaica now has 1,612 confirmed cases, with 622 active cases and 16 deaths from coronavirus.
Usain Bolt In Quarantine
Monday night on Twitter the runner told his fans that he had been tested and was awaiting results.
“Just to be safe I quarantined myself and just taking it easy,” Bolt said in the video message. Bolt said he did not have any symptoms of COVID-19 or any respiratory issues.
Bolt took the test on Saturday, the day after he celebrated his birthday with friends and family at his home in Jamaica. Reports from the party say attendees were not wearing masks. It is unclear if Bolt contracted the virus at the party or at some other location.
Many fans wished Bolt a speedy recovery on Twitter.
However, some were quick to call out his recklessness.
Bolt won the 100m and 200m golds at three consecutive Olympics in 2008, 2012 and 2016. He is considered the fastest man alive.