Shane Warne reveals he was on a ventilator to avoid long Covid

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Shane Warne reveals he was on ‘special ventilator’ to make sure he doesn’t develop long symptoms of Covid










Shane Warne urged Australians to get vaccinated as soon as possible after his own battle with the coronavirus.

The famous spin thrower, who lives in the UK and is the head coach of the London Spirit cricket team, contracted the respiratory virus in August.

The 52-year-old’s battle with Covid ultimately resulted in him being placed on a ‘special ventilator’ designed to prevent the development of longer-term symptoms.

“The first few days when I tested positive I just had a dull headache and one day I had chills, but [was] sweat, like when you have the flu, ”Warne told The Herald Sun.

The athlete was doubly vaccinated which made his admission to hospital very rare and described the jab as the “holy grail” that may have saved his life.

He explained that the ventilator he was using was not an “emergency ventilator” because he never had difficulty breathing, unlike many other Covid patients.

Rather, it was a more sophisticated device designed to protect his long-term health.

“It wasn’t that I couldn’t breathe, or something like that. It was basically a special ventilator that I was trying to make sure there weren’t any more lasting effects Covid would have on me, ”Warne said.

The Spin King is now feeling “absolutely fine” and has been able to resume regular physical activity, including running and golfing.

He added that Australia’s “zero Covid policy” and state lockdowns are “unrealistic” and “damaging,” and hopes his home country can one day learn to live with the virus.

Warne acknowledged that it was not easy for Prime Minister Scott Morrison or state prime ministers to make decisions during the Covid outbreaks, but said there were some things Australia “came from be mistaken “.

‘What you need to do is learn to live with it and that’s what I saw here [in Britain],’ he said.

The sportsman stressed that getting the vaccine should now “be the message” so that Australia can return to a sense of normalcy.

Soapbox: He added Australia's 'zero Covid policy' and state lockdowns are 'unrealistic' and 'damaging', and hopes his home country can one day learn to live with the virus

Soapbox: He added Australia’s ‘zero Covid policy’ and state lockdowns are ‘unrealistic’ and ‘damaging’, and hopes his home country can one day learn to live with the virus

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