Athletes infected with coronavirus risk losing their careers
The novel coronavirus spares no one. Unfortunately, anyone can be infected with COVID-19, including children and elderly. Even people who are in excellent physical shape become victims of the dangerous virus. Thus, thousands of athletes from all over the world have been infected with coronavirus.
Juventus football club’s player, Paulo Dybala, also contracted coronavirus and has since recovered. Now he asks everyone to take his words seriously and self-isolate in order to avoid infection.
“It’s psychological. I was scared at first. I used to get tired faster. I wanted to train, but after five minutes I was already out of breath, and that’s when I realized that something wasn’t right. It’s not a lie, you have to be careful. People have to stay at home,” Dybala said during an interview.
Rudy Gobert was the first NBA player to test positive for the coronavirus. The National Basketball Association has suspended its season after that. Before he was diagnosed with the COVID-19 infection, the 27-year-old Gobert thought that all this coronavirus and social distancing thing was funny and during one of the press conferences touched all the microphones and recording devices indicating that he was not afraid to get sick.
“I have gone through so many emotions since learning of my diagnosis… mostly fear, anxiety, and embarrassment. The first and most important thing is I would like to publicly apologize to the people that I may have endangered. At the time, I had no idea I was even infected. I was careless and make no excuse. I hope my story serves as a warning and causes everyone to take this seriously. Thank you again for all your support,” Gobert posted on his social media.
Unfortunately, not everyone recovers from the novel coronavirus infection. The dangerous virus claimed lives of some legendary sports functionaries. A 21-year-old Spanish football coach Francisco Garcia died from coronavirus, having been suffering from a form of leukaemia.
“We are seeing an increase in the sickness of a younger age and note that the symptoms and course of the disease are quite serious for them. In particular, we know that among the sick there are people with potentially good health, for example, athletes and people leading a healthy lifestyle,” said WHO Press Secretary Margaret Harris.
In the meantime, some sports medicine doctors give bleak forecasts towards those athletes who had a severe coronavirus infection.
“If the respiratory system gets affected by coronavirus infection and the supply of oxygen to the muscles deteriorates, then the athlete will not be able to perform on the maximum and show as high scores as he had before the disease. Special criteria should be developed for the athletes returning to the sports after contracting and recovering from COVID-19, as they may still have complications from the disease,” said sports medicine physician of Russian Olympic Committee Dr. Irina Zelenkova.