The world-record holding 19-year-old will be competing at her first Olympic games during the Tokyo Olympics, which are now likely to be held in 2021.

But despite the chance to break more records and plant herself on the international stage at such a young age, Titmus, speaking to Swimming World Magazine, said that responding correctly to the coronavirus outbreak is far more important.

"Saving lives is 100 percent the most important thing right now; as long as the dream is still alive it doesn’t affect me that much," she said.

“I’m planning on doing lots of cooking and making up new recipes; keeping a routine while at home; try and read more; do lots of colouring and puzzles; Re-assess my goals for next year and be grateful every day.”

“I will try and keep as active as I can by running and doing home work outs! I will stay motivated – the race isn’t finished – the goal post just got moved.”

Titmus admitted her short course swimming pool at home will be her preferred training destination however, with a fear of sharks preventing her entering NSW's beaches.

“I swam in the ocean at Noosa on our (National) relay camp this year, other than that I haven’t….I’m actually really scared of sharks."