‘I was really scared’: German Bundesliga player tells of coronavirus infection fight

'I was really scared': German Bundesliga player tells of coronavirus infection fight
Paderborn's Luca Kilian (in front) contracted the virus. Photo: DPA
The first Bundesliga player to test positive for coronavirus said on Monday he had been "really scared" as he suffered from the illness.

Paderborn's Luca Kilian, 20, was the first case of COVID-19 in the German top-flight which has been postponed until at least April 2 due to the pandemic.

The Germany Under-21 international had missed seven matches since suffering a muscle injury in late-January but his club's last match was the March 6 loss  to Cologne.

“It started on March 10th with a little bit of irritation in the throat. The day after I had a headache but I kept training,” he told newspaper Westfalen-Blatt

“On March 12th I had the first of my hot flushes and a day later they were really strong. Fever and strong shivers. It was then I started being really scared for the first time.

“It took four days for the fever to drop, and after that I felt better every day,” he added.

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Defender Kilian, who joined the league's bottom club from home town side Borussia Dortmund at the start of the season, was able to return home to his family to be taken care of by his mother, a nurse.

“If I had stayed alone in Paderborn I would have gone to hospital,”

“I can now talk from experience. I'm a sportsman and in form, but I had to fight a lot against the virus. For the people who already have health issues, it could put their life in danger.”

As of Monday, there were more than 27,000 confirmed coronavirus cases in Germany and more than 100 people have died.

Chancellor Angela Merkel went into domestic quarantine Sunday after meeting a doctor who tested positive for the novel coronavirus.

Earlier in the day Merkel had announced a ban on public gatherings of more than two people and further infection control measures.


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