Super Bowl champion, Laurent Duvernay-Tardif, is helping tackle the coronavirus pandemic by volunteering at a local nursing home.
The Kansas City Chiefs player, who won the Super Bowl in February, decided to use his doctorate in medicine from McGill University, to help tackle the outbreak in Montreal, Canada.
The American football player went back to the city he grew up in, after the Chief’s Super Bowl triumph, but soon found himself stuck in the country when the pandemic hit North America.
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Mr Duvernay-Tardif said that training for the next NFL season is on hold, and wrote that when he saw that hospitals in the country were looking to use medicine students to help tackle the pandemic, he knew he had to put his studies to use.
At first, he just relayed messages about how to keep safe onto social media, as it was unclear if he would be able to assist with medical care.
“I fell into a grey area where they didn’t know what to do with me, because I don’t have a license to practice — yet,” he wrote in an article for Sports Illustrated.” In the interim, officials briefed me on an almost daily basis, and I used my platform and credentials to relay their messages.”
After being informed that he would be able to help in some capacity in person, he received a crash course in how to keep himself and others safe from the virus.
Since 24 April, he has been working in a nursing home, helping relieve the stress on workers there, who are having to work longer hours than usual to tackle the pandemic.
The 29-year-old wrote that volunteering at the centre is a big change from his main career, where he plays in front of thousands of people in a stadium, and millions at home.
“Playing in the Super Bowl vs heading back to the medical system during a pandemic is totally different. Back in February, I knew that 100 million-plus people were going to be watching, and I wanted to win,” he wrote.
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