Top South African cross-country mountain biker Mariske Strauss has tested positive for the coronavirus, but her symptoms were mild and she’s feeling fine again.
Strauss, who rides for CST PostNL Bafang MTB Racing Team, said President Cyril Ramaphosa had asked all citizens who went outside South Africa’s borders as of February 15 to test for Covid-19.
“Since I travelled to the Andalucia Bike Race, which took place from February 25 to 29, obviously I was asked to test as well.
“A couple of days after the testing I felt a little fluish and ill. And yes, actually I tested positive for the coronavirus.
“With the grace of God I have had really mild symptoms so I’m very fortunate and blessed with that.”
The 28-year-old said she had kept social distancing and adhered to all the guidelines given to them.
“Thanks to that my parents and brother tested negative for the virus, so that is good.
“I have taken a lot of rest, healthy food and surrounded myself with positive things. Messages from my family, friends and yes my team with our virtual dinner last week, helped me so much to get over this. I am feeling fine now.”
She said the coronavirus was real and it was here.
“It’s a real issue that we’re dealing with so adhere to the guidelines given to you by our president and the healthcare professionals. They know what they are talking about. Together we can stop this.”
Team manager Bart Brentjens said they were happy that Strauss had only mild symptoms and that she was feeling good again.
“The health of our riders and staff is our number one priority. The situation worldwide at this moment is unusual and uncertain, also for our team, our riders and staff.
“We do what we can to protect others and ourselves from Covid-19 and to keep our riders and staff motivated and healthy.”