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Former Millwall man Phillips on Coronavirus recovery

Ex-defender on suffering from the disease...

8 April 2020

Former Millwall defender Mark Phillips is recovering from Coronavirus - and has echoed the need to follow government advice as the UK suffers from the global pandemic.

The centre-back made 74 appearances for The Lions, scoring one goal, between 2001-2007, and spoke to millwallfc.co.uk about the illness, detailing his symptoms.

"The first signs were that I felt like I had a background headache, which then took over my whole head," he said. "I didn't think too much of it, I took paracetamol and carried on as normal, but then I developed a dry cough and a sore throat.

"My chest started feeling tight and the outside air became quite hard to take in. It was hard to breathe, so I decided to stay inside. I didn't have a temperature, so I thought it might have been a bit of man flu and that it was controllable.

"A few days later, I was doing some passing drills with my son, who plays for Arsenal's Academy, and I was really struggling - my chest was tight and I was struggling to breathe. The next morning, I couldn't smell or taste. I self-isolated but kept on being unable to breathe properly, so I called 111 for advice and they transferred me to 999 pretty quickly."

Thankfully, the 38-year-old is on the road to recovery now, but stressed the need for everyone to follow the instructions given by Number 10 until told otherwise.

"I'm about 12 days in from my first symptoms now and I'm still not too great, but it is manageable. I have no appetite so I'm taking in as many vitamins as I can, but my chest is still quite tight, therefore I'm using the inhaler that the hospital gave me, which is making a difference. I'm not at the point where I can resume normal life yet.

"This is a horrific illness, and we need to listen to the government advice and guidelines. But, it isn't going to be forever - we will all get through this together. We don't need to be out in this weather right now, there will be plenty more good times to come."

If you require further information on Coronavirus, please visit the NHS website by clicking here. Also, Mind, a partner of the EFL and mental health charity, have information on how they can support you during this period. Click here for more.


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