Spanish female football referees turn to healthcare amid COVID-19 battle

Spanish female football referees turn to healthcare amid COVID-19 battle

first_img Promoted Content7 Ways To Understand Your Girlfriend BetterBirds Enjoy Living In A Gallery Space Created For Them10 Greatest Disney Female Villains We Love Anyways6 Things You Didn’t Know About Channing Tatum’s Ex-WifeYou’ve Only Seen Such Colorful Hairdos In A Handful Of AnimeWho Is The Most Powerful Woman On Earth?Why Go Veg? 7 Reasons To Do ThisIt Looks Like An Ordinary Doughnut, But It Glows In The Dark!5 Of The World’s Most Unique Theme Parks11 Most Immersive Game To Play On Your Table Top9 Facts You Should Know Before Getting A Tattoo5 Of The World’s Most Unique Theme Parks Iragartze Fernandez is a referee in the top-flight of the Spanish women’s football league, who has now become a full-time nurse in Madrid to help battle coronavirus. The 26-year-old has been training as a nurse for five years in Bilbao but the global pandemic – which has brought the world of sport to a halt – has quickened her move into healthcare. As of Thursday, there were 56,188 confirmed cases of coronavirus in Spain with 4,089 deaths while a further 3,679 Spaniards are currently in intensive care. Despite the human tragedy of the virus, the lockdown has brought solidarity and unity to many Spaniards with a now daily 8pm tradition of widespread applause for health workers in recognition of their vital role. Fernandez adds: “All that applause every night, it’s incredible. I’ve been working in the same medical centre for two years and to be honest, no one has ever said thank you until now. It’s really heart-warming to see our work is being recognised.” Read Also: Barcelona in talks with Messi, others to take pay cut She is one of a number of female officials who are now on the frontline battling against the virus, and the referee admits not having the sport is damaging as it is a welcome form of distraction. “Playing sports is usually my escape,” said Fernandez. “At work, we live with the coronavirus, we rub shoulders with it. I come home, I turn on the TV and now we only talk about that. “The only thing to really disconnect is sport. It helps me forget everything.” FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmail分享 Spain is now behind only Italy on the global scale for the most deaths due to the virus, with the nation now 11 days into a 30-day state of lockdown. “When someone arrives with a cough and a fever, my job is to analyse their symptoms, while wearing full protective equipment,” Fernandez told AFP, as cited by Yahoo Sports. “The risk of us transmitting the disease is high because we are constantly living next to it. That’s a very stressful experience because you’re always fighting against something you can’t see. You’re always playing at a disadvantage. “I’m not Superwoman or anything like that, I’m just doing my bit, like everyone else.”Advertisement Loading… last_img

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