FSU lineman Andrew Boselli urges others take coronavirus seriously after getting COVID-19

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Florida State offensive lineman Andrew Boselli is urging people to take the coronavirus seriously after the 22-year-old contracted the deadly virus.

Boselli, who is a senior, announced on Friday that he has fully recovered from COVID-19.

“I was tested for the coronavirus on March 21 and a few days later received a positive result,” Boselli said in a first-person account of his ordeal on the FSU website. “ … A day after my test — an unpleasant process in and of itself — I woke up feeling like I’d been hit by a bus.”

Boselli said he contracted the virus after returning to his home in Jacksonville.

His father, Tony, who played seven seasons with the Jacksonville Jaguars, contracted coronavirus and first began feeling ill on St. Patrick’s Day. Andrew Boselli’s mother and brother also got sick.

“I’m thankful to say that my family and I have recovered from our fight with the coronavirus, but I also want everyone to know just how hard it was. I spent days feeling miserable,” Andrew Boselli wrote. “And my dad, a strong, healthy 47-year-old man with no underlying health conditions, spent three days in the intensive care unit,”

Boselli went on to describe suffering through a fever of 103 degrees along with a lack of energy and appetite.

“The hardest part was feeling slightly short of breath,” he wrote. “That’s a bad feeling anyway, and knowing that shortness of breath is often a symptom of severe cases made it that much worse.”

He also discussed watching his father’s steep decline that eventually led to his hospitalization.

“In the span of a week, I went from not really taking this virus seriously to realizing that I could lose my father,” Boselli wrote.

He’s grateful his family has recovered and hopes his story helps others understand anyone can get COVID-19, regardless of age or health.

“This is something that needs to be taken seriously,” Boselli wrote. “And if we all do our part, we can get through it.”


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