Flu symptoms hit B.C. Lions
BY MIKE BEAMISH, VANCOUVER SUN NOVEMBER 3, 2009 8:02 PM[url=http://www.vancouversun.com/story_print.html?id=2180931&sponsor=]http://www.vancouversun.com/story_print ... 1&sponsor=[/url]
B.C. Lions Geroy Simon (81) is unable to hold onto the ball as he is covered by Winnipeg Blue Bombers Lenny Walls (27) during second half Canadian Football League action in Winnipeg, October 18, 2009.
Photograph by: Fred Greenslade, Reuters
High fives, low fives or any gesture of “giving skin? should be left hanging, according to the B.C. Lions.
Head coach Wally Buono has told his players to stop engaging others with their traditional greetings in an attempt to prevent the spread of sickness.
Slotback Geroy Simon, middle linebacker JoJuan Armour and defensive back Korey Banks were told to stay home from practice Tuesday because of colds, sore throats and bronchitis and others who practised are showing some symptoms.
Receiver Paris Jackson, who is resting a sore knee, said he is feeling “nervous? about his own health status because of body aches, one of the symptoms of a cold or flu.
“Geroy started to get pretty sick on Sunday,? Jackson said.
Medical trainer Bill Reichelt, however, said there has been only one confirmed case of the H1N1 virus — reserve offensive lineman Damane Duckett. Reichelt said Duckett was told to stay away for seven days until he was symptom-free. He was back at practice on Tuesday.
“We’re putting a lot of guys on Tamiflu [an anti-viral medication] because we don’t want to take any chances, especially with guys who have asthma,? Reichelt said. “There are four or five on the team. We’ll probably inoculate a few after this game.?
Reichelt said the targeted Lions will have to wait until after Friday night’s game against Edmonton before getting flu shots. The medical staff is cognizant that an inoculated player could experience an adverse reaction or arm soreness before the game, which will decide third place and a playoff berth in the CFL’s West Division.
Since the close proximity of more than 50 players is a potential breeding ground for the H1N1 virus, the Lions also have posted signs imploring players to wash hands frequently, sneeze into a sleeve rather than into a hand, to use disinfectant spray and to report any symptoms promptly to the medical staff.
A number of Saskatchewan Roughriders reportedly were coughing and sneezing on the way to last Saturday’s game in Hamilton. The ’Riders played like a weakened team in a 24-6 firstname.lastname@example.org
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