After being diagnosed with COVID-19 in April, Von Miller has since recovered and is now speaking out about his experience.
The Denver Broncos star spoke with The Washington Post’s Kent Babb and described the difficulty breathing with COVID-19 as “frightening.” Miller had began coughing before his girlfriend convinced him to get tested by the Broncos for the coronavirus since the franchise had tests available. Two days later, he received a positive diagnosis.
“I got asthma, but it was past the asthma attack — like my lungs were constricting,” Miller said. “My asthma nebulizer helped, but it still didn’t feel like it was supposed to. That was the most frightening part. Just going to sleep knowing that my oxygen level could drop and I could wake up and have to go to the hospital.”
Like we’ve heard from others before, Miller dealt with losses of taste and smell, which impacted his appetite.
“The first four, five days I was honestly nervous,” Miller said. “I wouldn’t say that I thought I was going to die or anything like that, but it did cross my mind a little bit.”
Miller added that he took 17 days off before trying to practice again because he can “really feel” the impact of COVID-19 on his lungs.
“I still feel my lungs trying to get back in shape,” Miller said. “It’s just all the wear and tear that it puts on your lungs.”
The eight-time Pro Bowler recorded 8.0 sacks and 33 solo tackles in 15 games during the 2019 season.