HEADACHE FOR BRAD
Covid sidelines Dwyer
TESTING positive for Covid- 19 has shown Brad Dwyer how difficult it will be to contain the virus.
The Leeds Rhinos hooker is self- isolating and will not be available to play again until next month.
Dwyer was tested after suffering from a severe headache following the Super League match against Huddersfield on September 11 and is unable to exercise until he returns a negative test.
He said: “It’s not been ideal. I’m not sure where it has come from and where I’ve caught it from but from the moment I tested positive I was isolating.
“I had a really bad headache. I suffered whiplash in the last game I played and thought it was a symptom of that.
“I didn’t have any other symptoms until the back end of last week when I suffered for two days with really bad flu symptoms. But it was the headache that was the biggest issue, and a lack of energy.
“It was basically like a normal flu case – I then woke up one day feeling better, thankfully.
“Hopefully, I’m on the other side of it now and it’s not had too much impact on my body and lungs. If anything it has highlighted to me how difficult it’s going to be to control.
“Don’t get me wrong, it’s not been too serious in my case, but it’s how easily it’s spread and can go unseen.”
Dwyer says his experiences have also validated the extensive Covid- 19 procedures at the Rhinos, who beat Hull KR in his absence in the Challenge Cup quarter- finals last week.
The 27- year- old said: “The club has been great and there’s been so much work done behind the scenes. Now it’s coming to fruition with my case because it’s not wiped the club out.
“We’ve seen with other teams that once there’s been a case they’ve had to stand the whole organisation down. There’s been a couple of boys stood down but hopefully they haven’t got it and it proves that what the club has done is working.
“If I carry on symptom free and get a negative test, towards the end of this week I can live a normalish life. It’s then a seven days return- to- play protocol.”