West Brom striker Charlie Austin suffering symptoms associated with coronavirus
Albion striker Charlie Austin is self-isolating at home after suffering symptoms associated with the coronavirus.
But the 30-year-old has not been tested for COVID-19 – while no other members of the Baggies squad have shown signs of having contracted the disease.
In an interview with The Telegraph, Austin revealed he is currently self-isolating and has had no face-to-face contact with his family since Saturday – despite the fact they are all at home.
It was last Saturday that Austin first noticed he had symptoms of COVID-19.
He called Albion club doctor, Kevin Conrod who advised him to isolate within a bedroom. He has stayed there ever since.
And Austin revealed – despite being a professional athlete – the virus he has contracted has really taken its toll with the 30-year-old's temperature soaring to 39.7 degrees Celsius while he simultaneously experienced cold sweats.
“I felt like someone had chucked a bucket of water over me, I was soaking,” he said.
“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.
"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 may have contracted coronavirus after attending Cheltenham Festival – one of the last sporting events to go ahead.
“The heat from my head was so intense,” Austin said when it came to how he was feeling on the Sunday and Monday nights.
“I didn’t know what was going on."
Despite his condition improving on Tuesday, Austin still reported having a strong headache.
From Wednesday his improvement has been steady.
Austin lives with his wife and three children.
His family have also isolated in their house and all will do so for another week from Saturday as per the government advice.