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Dublin ladies footballer Siobhan Killeen has urged the public to follow expert advice in the battle against coronavirus after testing positive for COVID-19.
The 27-year-old is a radiographer at Dublin's Mater Hospital, and is one of thousands of heroic healthcare workers at the frontline in the battle against the virus across the country.
She first experienced symptoms last Sunday evening and was tested on Monday, Dublin Live reports.
She received confirmation she had been infected with the virus on Tuesday and is currently self-isolating at home.
But the brave star is itching to get back to work as soon as she is given clearance to do so.
She said: “I’m doing fine. I took a turn on Sunday evening, I got the sweats in the sitting room after working that morning, and a really bad headache.
“Up until that point, I was really well, really busy in work but quite active as well.
“I went for a run on the previous Friday, had a training session on my own on the Saturday, and a cycle after work on Sunday morning.
“I felt good, it wasn’t like my energy levels were low. On Sunday evening, I took a turn for the worse, and became unwell.
“That lasted all through the night, aches in my legs that travelled to my back.
“I never really got respiratory symptoms, I didn’t have difficulty breathing, a sore throat or cough.
“It was the sweats and headache and while, looking back, I may have coughed once or twice over the weekend, it was nothing out of the ordinary.”
Dublin's Siobhan Killeen
(Image: ©INPHO/Morgan Treacy)
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The Clontarf clubwoman made a plea for people to obey public health advice on hand washing and social distancing as the nation battles to beat the killer virus.
“I’m working in a hospital and taking the advice of experts, and following suit.
“We will get through it, once we all play our part, and everyone has such a big role to play.
“We need to obey the regulations that are being put in place.”
In her role as a radiographer, Killeen was playing a key role as the health system and the general population battles Covid-19 and is eager to get back to work.
She said: “It’s a real fight (for the country) and people have realised the seriousness of it.
“It does seem to have brought the country together in some way and in the hospital, there’s a real atmosphere of doing it together and fighting it together.
“I quickly had to distance myself from everyone and not to put those I love at risk.”
But she added she gets frustrated when she reads stories about people not obeying Government guidelines on the prevention of the spread of the disease.
“It’s very frustrating when I see people out, groups of young kids on social media out together, the videos we’ve seen online. I’m stuck in my room feeling very guilty because when I first got diagnosed, the guilt I had was that I couldn’t go to work.
“I’m a risk to vulnerable people and then you see people not paying any regard to the fight you’re in. It’s very frustrating.”