Tottenham Hotspur legend Clive Allen has revealed that he has tested positive for Coronavirus.
Allen, 59, admitted that he first became concerned about his health after he developed a headache.
Two weeks ago, he decided to call the NHS 111 telephone service for advice to discuss his symptoms.
Allen revealed that he has been in self isolation since March 9th as soon as he felt unwell and has urged others to remain vigilant and to follow government advice, after his bout with the deadly virus.
The former striker, who scored an impressive 49 goals in 54 appearances in all competitions for the White Hart Lane outfit during the 1986/87 season (Telegraph) described how the virus has hit him for six.
Allen revealed he had the classic symptoms including a dry cough and a high temperature which led to Public Health England visiting his home to take a swab test, with the results confirming he had been laid low by COVID-19.
He told talkSPORT: “Everybody needs to be sensible and respectful, there’s people who are very susceptible should they get the disease, so we should all take it upon ourselves to do the right thing”.
“I isolated straight away when I felt unwell, so from March 9 I did that.
“I’m still self-isolating now, even though I’ve been told I’m now immune. I’ll be doing that for another week just to make sure I have no contact with anybody.
“I know how bad I felt and I’d hate to think how someone who is vulnerable would react to it.
“I totally understand the messages we’ve been given to protect those people because I wouldn’t wish it on anybody.”
He added: “Initially I thought I had the flu, but with everything that is being reported at the moment I was obviously concerned.
“I had the classic symptoms. High temperature, shivering, and so forth. All of which I would of said over about two or three days took hold.
“During the initial five-day period on one day I felt particularly unwell.
“I also had a nasty headache, which I never get, for about three days and then had a dry cough for three or four days, but the last couple of weeks I’ve felt fine.”
“In the early stages I called 111 who asked me a number of questions about my symptoms and they said they’d come back to me in two or three days, which they did,” he continued.
“I felt much the same as I had been prior to then, so they organised for Public Health England to come and they swabbed my nose and throat and then got the results five days later.”
Allen admitted that despite having had the virus, his concern is focused on his wife: “My main concern through all of this has been for my wife [Lisa] who has respiratory problems,”
“She’s now unwell at the moment, and hopefully she doesn’t get any worse but that was my immediate fear.
“I believe she has it, but we’ve spoken to 111 and they’ve said to just follow the government guidelines.
“I’ve been told I’m immune, but obviously I’m still a little bit concerned and anxious about it and making sure I’m isolating from elder members of the family.
“My children have had to speak to me from the garden when they’ve come round.
“But it is needs must right now and everybody must listen to what the government is saying.”
If you are feeling unwell, please follow the latest guidance and advice from the UK government for Coronavirus.
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