Ex-football hooligan One Eyed Baz ‘absolutely smashed’ by grim battle with Covid

Former kickboxer and football hooligan Barrington Patterson has revealed he was left "absolutely smashed" by Covid-19.

The charity worker known as "One-Eyed Baz" took to Twitter this week to shed light on his battle with coronavirus.

The "fit and active" 55-year-old admitted he thought the vicious virus would be the end of him, Birmingham Live reports.

"I thought I was taking precautions against Covid while working and dropping food parcels," he said in a tweet.

"Spraying the van, cleaning my hands, social distancing, I still brought Covid home.

"I was thinking to myself: 'I'm not coming home from this' while being blue lighted to the QE."

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He added: "It's the truth I had Covid and sepsis. I'm fit and active and it absolutely smashed me."

Twitter users rushed to respond to Barrington's alarming tale, with one replying: "This is what really made it hit home with me – you're one of the fittest most careful people I know.

"We can all do what we are told and you just never know – so glad you came through it though big man."

"Baz, I hope you are on the mend from this horrible virus, I also picked it up whilst working, I am now seven days into my isolation and dreading what comes next," added a second.

"Take care big fella," a third added.

It came after England's chief medical officer, Prof Chris Whitty, told a Downing Street press conference that said Covid-19 hospitalisations across England were "rising very rapidly and, of course, we are still in the middle of winter".

He said the fastest increase of the new variant was in the east of England, London and south-east, but it was "now taking off in other areas as well".

Prof Whitty said one in 50 people being estimated to have coronavirus across the UK was "really quite a large number indeed".

He said the second lockdown in November had initially helped to reduce infection rates.

"But then we had the problems with the new variant and the worst period of winter combining to lead to a significant increase since that time.

And we're now into a situation where, across the country as a whole, roughly one in 50 people have got the virus," he continued.

"One in 50 is really quite a large number indeed."

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