Joshua Kimmich out until 2022 with COVID effects

The club announced, Thursday, that Bayern Munich midfielder Joshua Kimmich will miss the rest of the year’s matches while he recovers from the long-term effects of his contract with Covid-19.

Kimmich, who was chosen as the future captain of the German national team, said in October that he remained unvaccinated because he was concerned about the long-term effect of the vaccine, despite German health officials saying they are “nonexistent or extremely rare.” That sparked very public controversy. In the country where Kimmich co-founded the “We Kick Corona” campaign last year to support vaccination campaigns and charitable projects.

He has not played since November 6 and will miss the club and the national team until 2022 while dealing with a lung problem.

Kimmich deals with the long-term effects of COVID-19

Kimmich, 26, first entered health and safety protocols in early November as a non-immune close contact of a positive case. he is Then his test result came back positive He has been out since the November 6 match.

“I am happy that my self-isolation caused by the coronavirus has ended,” Kimmich said in a team statement. “I’m doing really well, but I haven’t been able to fully train yet because of a slight infiltration in my lung. So I’m going to do some qualifying training and can’t wait to get back to full work in January.”

He has already missed five matches for Bayern Munich and two matches for the German national team during the FIFA World Cup qualifiers. He will miss three more games for Bayern at the end of the year.

Kimmich at the center of the vaccine controversy

Joshua Kimmich will miss at least three more games for Bayern Munich as they deal with the long-term effects of COVID-19. (Roland Krivec / DeFodi Images via Getty Images)

Kimmich is a sporting role model in Germany and has been discussed as a possible future captain for the national team. He sparked this in October when he announced it was “very likely” he would eventually be vaccinated, but confirmed that she had not been vaccinated, according to the Associated Press.

Doctors and public health organizations said Kimmich was “stuck in” misinformation and was “poorly advised” via the Associated Press. They urged him to use his platform to set a better example and “make clear that these forms of long-term influences [of vaccines] Medical expert Alina Boyks said via The Associated Press.

The German professor of immunology told public radio ARD that the side effects of vaccines “always appear immediately after vaccination, within a few weeks”, via BBC. The US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) says serious side effects that cause long-term health problems are “highly unlikely” for any type of vaccination.

It was his participation in a public vaccination campaign that angered many. Kimmich set up “We Kick Corona” with teammate Bayern Munich and Germany Leon Goretzka in March 2020. Millions of dollars were raised and donated to charitable organizations, some of which made vaccines available, Kimmich said in October.

Athletes suffering from the long-term effects of the Corona virus

Some athletes have spoken publicly about the long-term impact of contracting COVID-19, from restoring lung capacity and breathing levels to struggling to get out of bed.

Boston Celtics star Jaylene Brown, 25, said in October that his body had not recovered from games after returning from COVID-19. He said one match looked like he had played three times.

New York Liberty guard Asia Durr, the No. 2 overall pick in the 2019 WNBA draft, missed two seasons while dealing with lasting effects as “long-term COVID.” Her debilitating symptoms included significant weight loss and “lung pain that was so severe that it felt like someone took a long knife and was stabbing you in the lungs every second,” she told HBO’s “Real Sports.”

Al-Durr, 24, has struggled to get basketball during that time and was not medically allowed to play basketball again last month.

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