Fiorentina announced yesterday that midfielder Erick Pulgar and goalkeeper Simone Ghidotti have both tested positive for the coronavirus. The club said that both players are asymptomatic and have entered a self-quarantine, pursuant to the league’s guidelines. They should rejoin the rest of the players in preseason training when the club’s medical staff clear them.
It’s a genuinely scary thing for everyone involved. Italy has done a good job of containing the spread of the virus over the past few months, but the numbers of cases have been increasing—nearly 1000 new people tested positive yesterday—in recent days as Europe deals with a surge of infection rates.
Seeing that Dušan Vlahović, Patrick Cutrone, Germán Pezzella, and Martín Cáceres have all contracted the disease during the first wave, this serves as a reminder that the coronavirus hasn’t gone anywhere in the intervening months. Those guys who’ve already recovered have to be mightily uneasy (for example, Pulgar and Christian Kouamé spent some time vacationing together), and the rest of the squad has to be just as anxious.
We wish Erick and Simone quick and full recoveries, and would like to remind everyone to keep wearing a mask, keep your distance from other people, and generally be safe.