‘Honestly felt like I might die’: Tom Daley details his ‘terrifying’ secret Covid battle that saw him rushed to hospital and feeling like he’d been ‘run over’  

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  • The 27-year-old Olympic diver battled the virus in January this year, but hid his ordeal from his sporting rivals
  • Tom wins gold in men’s 10m diving event with Matty Lee in Tokyo
  • He spoke about his health issues for the first time in his new book Coming Up for Air: What I Learned from Sport, which is being serialized in The Times.
  • Tom recalled how he had questioned her husband, Dustin Lance Black, 47, whether he would know what to do if he ‘stopped breathing’ during the night.
  • After returning home from a testing center, the ‘terrified’ Team GB diver described how he felt ‘hit by a steamer’ and thought he ‘might die’
  • When her husband also started showing symptoms, Tom worried about what would happen to their three-year-old son, Robbie, should they both fall ill.
  • After calling 111, he was taken by ambulance to the hospital, where he spent 10 hours getting blood tests and X-rays and oxygen to check his levels before going home.

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Tom Daly elaborates on his ‘horrible’ secret COVID-19 battle, which saw him being taken to hospital and leaving him in fear that he might ‘die’.

The 27-year-old Olympic diver, who won gold in the men’s synchronized 10m diving event with Matty Lee in Tokyo, battled the virus in January this year but hid his ordeal from his sporting rivals.

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But Tom has now decided to open up about his health for the first time in his new book Coming Up for Air: What I Learned from Sport, which is being serialized in many times, describing how he felt as if he had been ‘walked away by a steamer’.

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Exam: Tom Daly elaborates his ‘horrible’ secret Covid-19 battle, which saw him being rushed to hospital and left in fear he might ‘die’ (pictured at last month’s Met Gala)

Tom, who is married to Dustin Lance Black, 47, Hollywood screenwriter, recalled how he asked her husband if he knew what to do if he ‘stopped breathing’ during the night, at first feeling like After doing that he ‘can’t get enough’ oxygen in his body.

Detailing the horrific episode, Tom explained: ‘I felt the pressure on my lungs, as if there were sacks of rice around them. I had to go to that exam center and find out. I walked there very, very slowly, diligently away from everyone I could.’

After returning home, Team GB Diver described how he felt as if he had been hit by a ‘steamroller’ and thought he ‘might die’, with the star receiving his positive test result eight hours later.

Ill: The 27-year-old Olympic diver, who won gold in the men's 10m diving event with Matty Lee in Tokyo, battled the virus in January this year but hid his ordeal from his sporting rivals

Ill: The 27-year-old Olympic diver, who won gold in the men’s 10m diving event with Matty Lee in Tokyo, battled the virus in January this year but hid his ordeal from his sporting rivals

What are the symptoms of covid?

The NHS lists a high temperature with a new and persistent cough as the main symptom of the virus.

It later added a loss or change in smell or taste as a symptom of the virus, following pressure from Covid campaigners.

According to the NHS, most people who catch COVID and show symptoms have at least one of them.

But other studies have claimed that loss of appetite, skin rashes, hives, muscle aches and diarrhea can all be symptoms of COVID.

The US recognizes 11 symptoms, including headache and runny nose.

About a third of people with the virus are asymptomatic and may unknowingly pass it on to others.

Source: NHS

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But when her husband also began showing symptoms, Tom became concerned about what would happen to their three-year-old son, Robbie, if they both fell ill.

She said: ‘Lance started feeling sick again. He was terrified of covid due to suffering from his lungs in the past. We were really worried about what would happen if we both got sick and couldn’t take care of Robbie. I started feeling better for a few days, but then my cough got worse again.’

Things took a turn for the worse for the Olympic legend as he later realized he had a ‘vice tightening’ around his head and his ‘oxygen level…

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