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Darren Moore's important message on social distancing

23 March 2020

Rovers manager Darren Moore has urged fans to follow government advice on staying at home where possible and social distancing - and it might just save his life.

Darren has asthma, which means he is at risk of suffering more severe symptoms if he contracts the Covid-19 coronavirus which is sweeping the world in the current pandemic.

He said: “I’m living proof that asthma, when managed correctly, is no barrier to an active and healthy life and many top athletes take medication for it - but now we are more vulnerable.

“This is a pandemic of a respiratory virus, which means if those of us with asthma contract it - and we know many will - it’ll hit us harder and we are more at risk of serious complications. Many of us will know people with conditions like asthma or diabetes, and it is these people we need to protect at this time.

“We know the most important thing people can do to flatten the curve and help the wonderful people of the NHS is not going out unless they need to - so please don’t go out unless you absolutely have to, and when you do make sure you keep a safe distance apart for everyone’s safety. Social distancing is really important for everyone, even if you feel fit and healthy as normal.”

Football is on hold, with the Rovers players not due back for training until at least April 3 and no matches until the month after.

Darren added: “Football isn’t important right now. We know supporters will be looking forward to getting back, as we all are, but really all that matters is making sure you and your loved ones, and your communities, are safe.

“We will be here when this is over. Let us take care of that, and please follow NHS advice on the best course of action.”

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