Former NHL tough guy Georges Laraque has COVID-19, pneumonia in both his lungs

Former NHL tough guy Georges Laraque has COVID-19, pneumonia in both his lungs

Former NHL tough guy Georges Laraque has another fight on his hands.

Laraque, releasing a series of videos this weekend on his Facebook page from a Montreal-area hospital, says he has contracted COVID-19.

"I have pneumonia in both my lungs," he said Saturday. "They’re affected by the COVID because I have asthma. I need to have oxygen blowing through my nose."

Laraque, 43, who played 12 NHL seasons and had 131 fights, said he had been running 10 kilometers a day to prepare for a marathon before he came down with symptoms.

"Now I can’t even get up without losing my breath," he said. "It’s insane."

Laraque, speaking in both French and English, had a couple coughing fits while talking.

He said the fevers at night had been bad.

"I wake up in sweat all the time," he said.

Sunday, he released another video, saying he was fever-free the night before for the first time.

Laraque said he originally went to the hospital on April 26 for a test because he was having symptoms. He was given a chest X-ray and was sent home with a cortisone prescription, he said.

He was called back the next day to say the X-ray showed pneumonia and the day after, he was able to get a test.

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"If in Quebec, we’re limited with the amount of testing that we have, why are we reopening schools to kids?" he said. "Because obviously, there’s not going to be enough tests to test all the kids in school. So if you can’t test all the kids in school, it’s not to be a safe environment for the parents … and to the teachers, who are already way underpaid.”

He added: “I know we have to start back the economy again, I know it’s going to be important, but for two months of school, are the parents really going to risk their life to get sick when their kids come back home every day? Some parents are going to end up in a room like me in the hospital.”


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