Doctors warn of long-term health risks of playing with Covid-19

6 May 2020

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Photo: PA Images The German Bundesliga is likely to become the first major league to reconvene, though it is facing increased scrutiny after it was revealed a number of players and staff have tested positive for the virus.

Playing or training with coronavirus risks causing long-term lung, heart, and kidney damage.

One doctor believes athletes should be concerned that being diagnosed with Covid-19 could end their careers.

Emil Gjerding Nielson nielson@offthepitch.com

Playing or training with Covid-19 could risk causing long-term lung, heart, and kidney damage, according to a number of doctors, who has warned of the consequences of a premature return to football.

Their warning comes as a series of European football leagues are beginning to resume training in preparation for a return to competitive play. The German Bundesliga is likely to become the first major league to reconvene, though it is facing increased scrutiny after it was revealed a number of players and staff have tested positive for the virus.

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