• Bayern Munich midfielder told he contracted virus at Schalke • ‘I just feel so sorry for those people that couldn’t get their vaccination’
After suffering lung problem due to Covid, Joshua Kimmich says he should have been vaccinated
The Bayern Munich midfielder Joshua Kimmich has said he should have been vaccinated against the illness, which has affected other footballers in recent weeks, such as the Bayern Munich captain, Manuel Neuer.
“I’ve had to deal with symptoms of a lung infection since about two weeks ago and my doctors have recommended that I get vaccinated and I will soon receive the vaccination,” Kimmich told the club’s website on Monday.
“I know people who have had symptoms of a lung infection and who have now had an injection but in the end were not vaccinated, and I just feel so sorry for those people that couldn’t get their vaccination.”
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Covid is spread by coughing and sneezing and its symptoms include coughing fits, a red or reddish spot that appears on the chest and an inflamed nose.
Kimmich was not taken to hospital because he had an anti-bacterial medication, but said he had been struggling to breathe. He returned to his homeland of Germany on Sunday after three weeks in Bavaria.
The German national team physician, Joerg Butt, said in a statement published on DFB’s website that anti-inflammatory drugs had been used to relieve the virus.
“The players can present symptoms of the lung virus at any time, which is why they are sent to a hospital if need be,” Butt said. “The immediate problem is the cough, chest tightness and a tightening of the chest.”
He said the virus had been found to be acute viral atrophies in both lungs and had not spread to other parts of the body.
The Ukrainian-born Kimmich is one of Bayern’s form players this season with 12 goals in 18 Bundesliga appearances and was also a key figure in their Champions League quarter-final win over Tottenham Hotspur at Wembley.
“I felt really bad and tired but I got up,” Kimmich said. “When I had three months of feeling worse in one day then of course I knew that something was wrong.”