Arsenal goalkeeper Pauline Peyraud-Magnin admits that she endured sleepless nights recently after contracting an illness with similarities to coronavirus. Pauline did not have a test to fully diagnose COVID-19, but confirmed last week that she was recently ill with a fever, loss of taste and smell and difficulties breathing.
In an interview with L’Equipiere, Pauline said she became quite anxious about her illness, “I was very tired, I had a hard time breathing, I had a constant headache, with a fever. But it was what I saw on TV that really scared me. It put my situation into perspective. I cannot say that I was dying, others are in much more delicate situations.
“Even if I did not feel horribly bad, when I got up, I saw everything was black. I felt like I was going to fall. With the stress, I slept sitting down because I was afraid of suffocating in my sleep. And then, I quickly stopped watching the news in France. I had sleepless nights. The club doctor told me what I should do. I also called the French team doctor and a doctor in my family because in France, we were more than a week ahead of England. If I have a message, it’s obviously: stay home!”
Pauline lives with Arsenal teammate Louise Quinn, who hasn’t experienced any symptoms, “We were very careful. We’re lucky, we have two bathrooms, two toilets. It already removes a large risk area. For the common areas, I didn’t go to the living room and when I went to the kitchen, I disinfected everything behind me.”
Arseblog News spoke to Louise recently and Pauline confirmed that the club have given them training equipment, “Arsenal sent us a great exercise bike and they delivered us a lot of things, we have a little gym at home, it’s convenient! Just before I got sick, we bought boxing gloves to continue the cardio.”