Exposed Daily to COVID, How Canada’s Emily Rolfe Adapted Her Fitness on the Frontlines

December 18, 2020 by
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Emily Rolfe gets a regular first-hand look at the damage the coronavirus can do to one’s body. The 31-year-old Canadian works as a medical radiation technologist in Richmond, a city just south of Vancouver. 

Rolfe works primarily within the realm of computerized tomography (CT) scans, and X-rays. The coronavirus is a respiratory disease, attacking the body’s airways. Rolfe said being on the frontline of the pandemic has presented a host of difficult thoughts she had to process. 

“It is hard seeing people with COVID,” said the CrossFit Games rookie who came 18th last year. “And seeing what it does to their lungs, and thinking, ‘What if I get that? I don’t know what it is going to do to my athletic career? They don’t know the long term effects, this is serious, I don’t want to end my professional athlete career like this, but I have to work.’”

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