West Brom striker Charlie Austin latest footballer to test positive for coronavirus after temperature soared to 39.7C – The Sun

WEST BROM striker Charlie Austin is the latest professional footballer to be diagnosed with coronavirus.

The 30-year-old, who believes he picked it up while at Cheltenham Festival last week, has not seen his wife and three children since last Saturday night – despite staying in the same house.

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Austin revealed to the Telegraph that his temperature soared to 39.7 degrees Celcius while also experiencing cold sweats.

He said: "I felt like someone had chucked a bucket of water over me. I was soaking."

Austin has been in isolation for almost a week after calling club doctor Kevin Conrad.

He has now recovered from the illness and has been told he can have contact with his family again from Saturday.

Austin also sent a warning to younger people to take coronavirus seriously.

"Before I started feeling the symptoms on Saturday I was on the phone to my wife Bianca’s mother and I said to her that I hoped if anyone in our family got it that it would be me," he said.

"I felt like I was fit and healthy and I could handle it. A week later and I would say to anyone, even those in their 20s and 30s – ‘Don’t take it lightly – it’s serious’.

"I get that people who haven’t got it are going about their lives. Last week, I was living my life. Not that I didn’t take coronavirus seriously. But this is extremely serious and we should take it that way."

Austin believes he got coronavirus while watching racing at Cheltenham Festival last Tuesday.

The event was one of the last sporting events to go ahead before a wave of suspensions, with more than 250,000 fans visiting the race course over the week.

After feeling ill and coughing, Austin was told to self isolate in a bedroom with an en suite.

His wife, Bianca, was told to leave food and drinks outside the door.

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