Atalanta coach says virus was life-threatening
The coach of Italian football club Atalanta says he contracted COVID-19 and was concerned for his life in mid-March.
Gian Piero Gasperini tells the Gazzetta dello Sport that he started feeling sick on March 9, a day before Atalanta played at Valencia in the second leg of the Champions League round of 16.
He says that when he returned to Bergamo, which was quickly becoming the epicentre of the pandemic, "I didn't have a fever, but I felt destroyed and as if I had a 40-degree (Celsius, or 104 Fahrenheit) fever."
He adds, "Every two minutes an ambulance passed by as there's a hospital nearby. It seemed like a war. At night, I would think, 'If go in (the hospital), what will happen to me?'"
Gasperini said he quickly recovered without checking into the hospital and didn't confirm he had the virus until the entire Atalanta team was tested 10 days ago.