The Better The Body, The More Susceptible? Why Are Professional Athletes Often Caught In The Epidemic?

On March 21, Spanish media reported that wu lei, a Chinese player of Spanish team la liga, was diagnosed with a novel coronavirus. Prior to March 18, Spain has announced that the first team a total of six people infected with novel coronavirus.

On March 20, the Chinese fencing association also reported that three members of the Chinese epee team were confirmed to be infected with covid-19 when they returned from Hungary for quarantine. It is also the first time a Chinese athlete has been infected.


Goble, Mitchell, odoyi, lughani, durant, wu lei… From NBA to the five major European leagues, to fencing, professional athletes who always give people the impression of “excellent physical quality”, why are they frequently caught in the epidemic of COVID 19?

Question 1
Are athletes really more immune than the average person?

“‘ players are more resistant to viruses’ is a complete illusion.” Wayne rooney, who plays for championship Derbyshire, said in the Sunday times that players’ immunity may be lower than normal in many cases. Players often push their bodies to the limit during training or games. This is also a form of suppression of the immune system, leading to low motor immune function, known as artificial “immunosuppression”.

Competition is a great stimulus to athletes’ physical strength and spirit, the immune system, inflammatory cells will be significantly consumed, this special period of athletes are likely to have a decline in immunity. A novel coronavirus is highly infectious and is a brand new virus. All people have no immunity to it. Athletes are more muscular than ordinary people, but this does not mean that immunity is stronger than ordinary people.

Question 2
Are athletes more susceptible than the average person?

Professional athletes may be at high risk of upper respiratory tract infection during special periods such as competition, but it cannot be said that athletes have worse immunity than the general population, or that athletes are more susceptible to covid-19. People with regular exercise habits over a long period of time must have a higher level of immunity than those without exercise habits and who sit still less.


Question 3
Athletes generally have mild symptoms after infection?

According to the current public reports, the confirmed infected with a novel coronavirus, gerber, durant, wu lei, and three members of the Chinese epee team, are all mild cases.

The immune system has a process of recognizing and responding, and if it recognizes very quickly, it may recognize the virus before it multiplies, produce antibodies, and the symptoms are very mild, and most athletes don’t have very severe symptoms. However, not all athletes can achieve immune recognition early on. If you miss this period, the amount of virus is very large, and the athlete’s immune system is very strong, then the body’s response will be very strong. This is often referred to as an “inflammatory storm,” when athletes are more likely to be in poor physical condition.

Question 4
Will the athlete’s recovery affect his career?

The current consensus is that for mild and asymptomatic patients, there are no sequelae in the lungs after recovery.
However, athletes infected with covid-19 may still have some impact on their careers.
“Athletes have a heavier cardiopulmonary burden than the average person,” ke said. There are individual differences in whether or not you can return to the original state of motion. In some clinical cases, the virus has been shown to cause viral myocarditis, causing damage to the heart muscle in patients, while simultaneous damage to the heart and lungs can be fatal for athletes.