The statement comes in a time when several countries have imposed lockdowns to control the virus, hence highlighting the situation’s severity.
Red Bull Motorsport’s advisor Helmut Marko’s shocking statements surprise F1 fans around the world. He recommends Red Bull’s Max Verstappen and other young drivers to deliberately infect themselves with coronavirus.
Highlights: Helmut Marko Makes Shocking Statement
- Marko believes Season Break ideal time for Young Drivers to infect themselves with Coronavirus.
- No Proof that individuals do not test positive twice for Coronavirus.
In a time when the world is deeply concerned with coronavirus, some are making bizarre statements. Red Bull Motorsport’s advisor, Helmut Marko, asked his drivers to be infected by coronavirus during a training camp.
His intention was that the drivers will get immune to the catastrophic disease once they have already had it. However, there is no proof that coronavirus does not affect an individual twice.
Marko: Season Break Ideal Time to Test Coronavirus Positive
Several sporting events are under jeopardy as a result of the havoc coronavirus has caused. The disease has resulted in over 789,000 cases and 38,100 deaths to date.
Currently, the US has the most cases (over 164,300) while Italy has witnessed the most deaths (approximately 11,600).
In such a time Red Bull Motorsport’s advisor, Helmut Marko, is making strange statements. Marko said that with several races postponed or canceled until June, this would be the “ideal time” for Max Verstappen and the other drivers to catch the virus.
Helmut Marko believes Coronavirus will not affect Young Max Verstappen
The justification that Marko gave was that the drivers “are all strong young men in good health.” Although it is true that older people are at much greater risk if they get the virus, young individuals have suffered greatly as well.
For example, as per a BBC report, Dr. Rosena Allin-Khan, a Labour MP and A&E doctor said that the illness was “not simply limited to the elderly and those with underlying health conditions.” She added that there have been patients in their 30s and 40s who are “fighting for their lives.”
When Marko was asked what Red Bull driver Max Verstappen’s response was of getting the coronavirus, he said that Verstappen was “terrified.” In a time where the world is trying their best to protect themselves by staying indoors, Verstappen’s response is justified.
On the other hand, it is Marko’s statement that seems shocking, as he would be putting his drivers’ health under jeopardy.
Immunity not Certain once individual infected with Coronavirus
Although there is no conclusive evidence, some believe that one gets immune to the disease after testing positive once. Professor Chris Whitty, Boris Johnson’s chief medical advisor, said that it was rare for individuals to be infected twice by coronavirus.
However, as per reports, there have been individuals who have tested positive twice in China and Japan.
Because of the infectiousness of the disease and its potential to cause severe damage, it seems shocking that an experienced individual like Helmut Marko would even consider putting his drivers’ health in jeopardy.
Although an individual may develop immunity, it is still not the way a senior advisor must suggest his drivers to remain fit for the season.