Former Drogheda United striker Lee Duffy has revealed the dire nature of his time battling against coronavirus, and hopes it will be a warning to those not taking it seriously.
The 28-year-old had to spend eight days in hospital ‘hooked up to oxygen’ because he ‘could no longer breathe on his own.’
All Irish league games are currently suspended until at least April 4.
‘As some of you may or may not know, I tested positive for Covid-19 two weeks ago,’ Duffy said in a tweet.
‘I spent 8 days in hospital hooked up to oxygen as I could no longer breathe on my own, scared not knowing what was going to happen. Luckily I got through it and I’m starting to feel a lot better now.
‘My advice to everybody is to not take this lightly, it is very serious.’
Ireland has over 1,000 cases, with four deaths so far. People are being advised to work from home where possible and practice social distancing of two metres.
In the UK, the government has said that it may be forced to take tougher action if the public does not follow current advice over self-isolating.
Duffy has played for Drogheda United, Warrenpoint Town, Newry City, Longford Town, Wexford, and Shelbourne during his career.
Apart from top flight leagues across the world being on suspension, dozens of players cutting across the leagues have either tested positive to the virus or are observing self-isolation because of the dreaded virus.
While end of April has tentatively been fixed as resumption date for most leagues, club managers have indicated that further extension may be announced should the virus continue its ravaging effect after beyond April.