As we know, the Coronavirus is no respecter of status. Anyone, no matter who they are, has the capacity to contract the disease.

Recently, Toronto Wolfpack player and Hooker, Scrum-Half James Cunningham spoke to GP Clinical Lead Dr Daniel Atkinson about his experience with the coronavirus. 

Cunningham, born in Hull, was able to speak with Dr. Atkinson by creating an account for our online video consultation service, Presently, any member of the public can do the same and consult with a member of our qualified medical team. 

Using the voucher code CORONA, users can access consultations for a fee of £1. All coronavirus consultation fees are donated to a COVID-19 research fund. also offers coronavirus testing. We offer two types of tests, one of which is the COVID-19 swab test which screens for current infection. The second, the COVID-19 antibody test, screens a blood sample for previous infection.

How does having coronavirus affect you? 

Cunningham reported that he went to the Toronto Wolfpack training ground on a Monday morning, feeling slightly under the weather, and was advised by the team doctors and physios to go home and immediately start self-isolating. 

“So, I didn’t actually get tested for it”, he tells us, but during the self-isolation, the first two or three days my symptoms just got a lot worse, I was exhausted, my fever got really bad, I got like a really aggressive cough afterwards as well.” 

The symptoms Cunningham describes are consistent with what many people experience when suffering with the new virus. A fever and a new cough, which is both dry and continuous in nature, are the main symptoms of coronavirus. People experiencing these symptoms should self-isolate for a minimum of seven days, and speak with their relevant health authority for further advice. 

What advice can be given to other people about the coronavirus? 

“For me personally I can’t stress enough how important it is to stay indoors”, Cunningham tells us, “and just not spread the virus, because I’m an athlete and I was really struggling. 

I’m supposed to be a fit guy, and I was really struggling, couldn’t get out of bed. I feel like vulnerable people would really struggle with this virus, and for someone who’s supposed to be in good health, and so fit and healthy, it affected me so much. 

I can’t reiterate enough how important it is to stay at home and follow the government’s advice.”

In Dr. Atkinson’s experience, “it would appear that even some fit and healthy young people can experience the severe symptoms of coronavirus. This is still a very new virus, and there’s still a lot yet to be understood about it. That’s why it’s so important that we all do our bit, and self-isolate for as long as is necessary.”

Has James made a good recovery?

“I was inside for the 14 days, but I was still a little bit feverish”, he tells us, “so I got in touch with the physios and the doctor at Toronto, and I just made the decision myself that I was going to stay indoors for an extra few days. 

Then when my symptoms subsided and got a little bit better, like I’ve been out for a couple of walks now. It’s nice to get out of the house and get a bit of fresh air, because it’s hard being stuck indoors.”

More information

Public Health England advice on coronavirus is continually being updated. You see the latest guidance here.

To help protect your own health and the lives of others, remember to stay at home.