'I have mild flu': Hubers breaks silence on coronavirus quarantine

‘I have mild flu – nothing I have never experienced before’: Timo Hubers, the first player in Germany to catch coronavirus, breaks his silence and opens up on ‘boredom’ of quarantine

  • Timo Hubers broke his silence after being first German player with coronavirus 
  • Hubers contracted COVID-19 on March 11 and whole club are now quarantined
  • The Hannover 96 defender said he has ‘mild flu’ but the boredom is harder 
  • He admitted he is relying on family to help him with daily tasks like shopping 
  • All major leagues across Europe have been suspended due to virus outbreak 
  • Coronavirus symptoms: what are they and should you see a doctor?

Timo Hubers has broken his silence after being the first footballer in Germany to test positive for coronavirus.

The Hannover 96 defender tested positive for the COVID-19 virus on March 11 and his whole club have been in quarantine since. It has been one of many cases that has seen coronavirus disrupt the football season across Europe with the Bundesliga suspending the season along with all the other major leagues. 

Since heading into quarantine, Hubers has spoken out on how he is feeling and what quarantine has been like for him.  

Hannover 96’s Timo Hubers was the first German player to test positive for coronavirus

Hubers has spoken out from quarantine and said that he just has a ‘mild flu’ and is feeling okay

‘Today I have mild flu symptoms, but nothing I have never experienced before in my life. Boredom is much worse,’ Hubers told Bild. 

‘It’s day four of fourteen for me – and it’s quite difficult to get through the days.’ 

On how his daily life has changed, the 23-year-old admitted he has had to rely on loves ones around him to help him do daily tasks. 

‘I try to hand over the tasks of my daily life to friends and acquaintances who are not under quarantine at home. Now I just got my shopping and two packages on the windowsill. A lot of improvisation and skill is required – so far it has worked really well.’ 

However, being stuck at home is a world away from the professional football pitch and Hubers said there is not much for him to do under quarantine.

‘Maybe I’ll turn on the Playstation again, get a book out, or play cards online against the other guys. Unfortunately there are not so many options.’

Hubers (left) explained his family are helping with daily tasks and he’s struggling with boredom

The Bundesliga has been suspended due to the outbreak of the COVID-19 virus

However, Hubers has not allowed the self-isolating to get him down as he explained knowing everyone around him is in the same boat has eased his mind. 

‘We all share the same fate at the moment: the guys on the team, my friends and family, with whom I was still in contact, are all now in quarantine – that is, I know that I am not alone. 

‘I spent a lot of time with FaceTime, trying a lot to virtually maintain the social contact that you don’t have physically.’

He added: ‘We have received all training plans that we are trying to implement as best as possible. It is a new and unknown situation for all of us, which we try to master as best we can.

‘It is already blatant to what extent the virus is currently taking on. I still find it very correct. As beautiful as football is, there are more important things in life: above all the health of the population and society. We as footballers also have to do our part.’ 

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