Pepe Reina is relieved that he is slowly becoming the old one after contracting the corona virus just under two weeks ago. Aston Villa's 37-year-old goalkeeper says he went through a tough time and once again emphasizes how serious the virus is.

"After the first symptoms I was especially very tired. In addition, I had a fever, a dry cough and a headache that never went away. I just felt continuous fatigue", says Reina in conversation with the Italian Corriere Dello Sport .

"The hardest part was when I noticed that I had breathing problems. For 25 minutes I was no longer receiving oxygen. That was also the only time I was really scared. Endless minutes of fear, as if my throat suddenly closed."

Reina announced more than a week ago that he suspected to be infected with the COVID-19 virus. The Spaniard, who is rented by Aston Villa from AC Milan for the rest of the season, is happy that he lives in a large house with a garden.

"My wife, our five children and parents-in-law also live here. Loneliness has no access to my house, although of course I was in isolation for the first week. I locked myself in my room for the first six or eight days. Actually, I am the battle with the coronavirus is only now gaining ground. "

The experienced Reina has been guaranteed a starting place since he joined Aston Villa in January, but the question is how many games he will play. The Premier League will be shut down until at least April 30 due to the outbreak of the corona virus.

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The coronavirus in short

  • The coronavirus mainly spreads from person to person via sneezing and cough drops. The chance of becoming infected through surfaces such as door handles is small. This chance decreases if you wash your hands often.
  • You can considerably reduce the chance of spreading by keeping at least 1.5 meters away from others.
  • An infected person infects two to three others on average. Precautions are necessary to contain this.
  • The vast majority of patients have mild (flu-like) complaints.
  • Almost all deaths involve the elderly or other vulnerable persons, such as heart, lung or diabetes patients. If everyone complies with the measures, this reduces their risks.
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