Alexander Volkanovski particulars COVID-19 pneumonia hospitalization: ‘You possibly can see how folks cross away’


Alexander Volkanovski skilled firsthand among the COVID-19 problems which have taken the lives of many all over the world.

The UFC featherweight champion was hospitalized with COVID-19 pneumonia after contracting the virus days earlier than his scheduled title protection in opposition to Brian Ortega on March 27 at UFC 260 in Las Vegas. Volkanovski (22-1 MMA, 9-0 UFC) was pulled from the bout by the group when he examined optimistic for coronavirus somewhat a couple of week earlier than the struggle. A number of of Volkanovski’s teammates additionally contacted the virus.

The 32-year-old champ was initially required to quarantine on the host resort in Las Vegas as a consequence of UFC COVID-19 protocols. He skilled gentle signs at first, as he had many complications and felt congested, however they worsened as the times glided by.

“I began feeling it within the lungs somewhat bit, and I began feeling uncomfortable,” Volkanovski mentioned in a video recalling his battle with coronavirus. “I began coughing up phlegm, and it was developing pinky bloody with a little bit of blood in there, and I used to be fortunate I had (Jordan Sullivan) with The Combat Dietitian and he is aware of a bit, so I used to be like, ‘What’s this?’ and he’s like, ‘That’s normally the lungs and issues like that.’ That’s after I thought possibly we should always begin trying into this. I used to be having unhealthy fevers and complications, however that’s form of frequent. So I began speaking with him about it, and that’s after I was pondering possibly we’d like a examine up.”

Volkanovski went to the hospital and was instructed he had COVID-19 pneumonia. He was prescribed drugs and despatched again to the resort the place he additionally wanted to observe his oxygen ranges. He was instructed if his oxygen ranges dropped beneath 93 p.c, he wanted to get again to the hospital.

Not lengthy after getting again to the hospital Volkanovski’s signs worsened. His oxygen ranges did drop beneath 93 p.c, and he was additionally coughing up extra blood than earlier than. Volkanovski mentioned he was additionally trying pale, which triggered involved amongst his staff. He went to see the physician a second time, and this time he was hospitalized.

Volkanovski spent three days on the hospital. He mentioned he had a tough battle with COVID-19, however with the assistance of medicine, the UFC featherweight title holder was capable of get well and was discharged to quarantine again on the resort.

“This entire COVID factor is not any joke,” Volkanovski mentioned. “That’s why I wished to do that video. Once more, everybody goes to have their ideas, however lots of people had been asking me the way it was like getting signs, and now you guys conscious. The signs received fairly wild. We received the traditional signs, they usually can result in different issues. So I received the traditional signs that led me to pneumonia and different issues. It received fairly severe.

“I feel if I used to be unhealthy, possibly I’d’ve received different issues, and you’ll see how folks cross away and issues like that. That is fairly severe. I’ve all the time taken it critically, however know I perceive it’s very unpredictable and really, very contagious as a result of, once more, it’s one thing that received in and received a couple of members of the staff, so it was a loopy expertise, however we’re all good. I’m now not contagious, so I can exit and about, which is sweet. And yeah, so now we simply wish to get house.”

Volkanovski is now not COVID-19 optimistic and he’s engaged on getting again into form and easing into coaching. The Australian continues to be focused to struggle Ortega someday later this 12 months after the 2 featherweights coach the brand new season of “The Final Fighter” actuality TV present.


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