Cyclist: A former Milan-San Remo winner who tried to outrun COVID was shocked that the virus only gave him a head start.
Filippo Pozzato is in a hospital with pneumonia after contracting COVID-19. He was reluctant to take the vaccine and hoped his fitness as a cyclist would keep him healthy, preventing him from contracting the virus. Pozzato now regrets not getting a vaccine as he battles severe pneumonia. The virus now has him in its clutches.
On October 22, the 40-year-old began to feel ill, five days after the completion of his ‘Ride the Dreamland’ series of races, which featured the Giro del Veneto and the all-new Serenissima Gravel. His illness worsened to the point that he was taken to the San Bortolo hospital in Vincenza’s respiratory unit earlier this week.
“I began to feel ill with a slight fever: 37 and a half degrees, then 38 degrees. I do the swab right away. It’s called COVID. Then, for about ten days, I was 39 and a half “Pozzato said “My fever went away three days ago, but my oxygen saturation dropped to 87, then 86, I had oxygen tanks at home, and it dropped to 83, I couldn’t even get up, and they took me here,” he added.
At the moment, Pozzatto is on supplementary oxygen but not on a ventilator, but that might change if his condition worsens. “I’m suffering from severe pneumonia. I’m on oxygen to open up my airways, but if things grow worse, they’ll place a mask on me, “he said.
Pozzato further stated that everyone had convinced him that COVID was a ruse. “Everyone thinks COVID is a load of nonsense, but once you try it, you’ll see that it’s not the case. I’m hoping to come out of this funk as soon as possible. Guys, please don’t play with fire; I’ve already been burnt.”
Pozzato admitted that he had not received a COVID-19 vaccine. He had scheduled his first dosage for October 25, after which he had already tested positive. The former Milan-San Remo winner speculated that his ‘Ride the Dreamland’ responsibilities prevented him from receiving the vaccination sooner, but he also stated that he believed he was strong enough to evade it.
“Why hadn’t I gotten my vaccine earlier? Because I’ve always felt powerful, I’ve spent time among folks who have COVID and never had anything bad happen to me. I was a knucklehead, and I’ve received a battering as a result. ”
Countries such as Singapore have withdrawn free medical benefits for those who choose to be unvaccinated due to unvaccinated people’s skepticism about the vaccine. In Singapore, 85% of those who are eligible for coronavirus vaccinations have been completely immunized, with 18% receiving booster injections.
The Singaporean government, on the other hand, said on Monday that it will no longer reimburse the medical bills of persons who are “unvaccinated by choice,” which account for the majority of new coronavirus infections and covid-19 hospitalizations in the city-state.
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