Jack Leach awaits news after ‘scary’ endangered designation on Covid vaccine


England spinner Jack Leach revealed that he was informed by text message that he was on the list of people at risk for coronavirus by the government and is waiting for news of when he will be invited to take the vaccine. Leach suffers from Crohn’s disease and, as a result of the medication he takes, has a weakened immune system, a complicating factor when it comes to viral infections.

The health of the 29-year-old was a major concern last winter when he contracted sepsis in New Zealand and later told PA that he feared for his life and also fell ill along with many others on the subsequent trip to South Africa. He is currently back in action in Sri Lanka, where in the two-test series his slow left arms would play a major role, but he admitted that he was struggling with the psychological effects. At the beginning, I got government texts telling me that I was in the at-risk category, which was difficult to deal with because I felt like I was healthy,” he told Inside Track on BBC Radio 5 Live: “I didn’t feel sick or anything. It was a bit scary. I had some really good support to work through it from doctors and psychologists. I’ll wait and see when they want to give me the vaccine. In terms of athletes, only because they play sports, I don’t think they should get the vaccine sooner. When he was asked if he felt an element of vulnerability, he responded, “When asked if he felt an element of vulnerability, he replied, ” I think someone who hasn’t experienced it has a certain ‘how am I going to respond to this’ element? My immune system is compromised by the drugs I’m on, and last winter I had some illnesses. As I think back to the symptoms I had in South Africa, I wonder if it was a coronavirus. Of course, the little I know doesn’t mean I can’t get it again, but I concentrate on what I can control and do the right things. I have to make sure my Crohn’s is as strong as it can through my diet and supplements. The medical director of England and Wales Cricket, Dr. Nick Peirce, is with the team in Sri Lanka and plays a direct role in managing health treatment around the team. Dr. James Bickley, a consultant clinical psychologist, is also traveling with the community to provide additional mental health care as the difficulties of living in a biologically healthy bubble continue.


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