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'Hideous virus' Golf star Greg Norman shares message from his hospital bed as he fights Covid-19

The two-time Open champion spent Christmas Day in hospital, having self-isolated on his return to Australia after competing in Orlando’s PNC Championship.

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Australian golfer Greg Norman

Australian golfer Greg Norman

Australian golfer Greg Norman

Golfing great Greg Norman has issued a stark warning from his hospital bed as he admits he has been beaten up by what he described as a 'hideous virus'.

The two-time Open champion spent Christmas Day in hospital, having self-isolated on his return to Australia after competing in Orlando’s PNC Championship.

Norman was then released from hospital, but he has posted a message confirming he is back for treatment and warning his followers on Instagram to respect Covid-19.

"Now back in hospital after getting a positive result on my PCR CoVid test. Getting an infusion of Bamlanivimab antibody," he wrote.

"Want to thank the excellent doctors, RN’s and staff at Palm Beach Gardens Medical Center for their incredible dedication and professionalism looking after and caring for patients in need in the face of having Covid in getting this infusion.

"They have my utmost of respect. Also to all out there, please take this very very serious. If you get it, the variations and intensity of symptoms varies from person to person.

"I am fit and strong and have a high tolerance for pain but this virus kicked the crap out of me like nothing I have ever experienced before. Muscle and joint pain on another level. Headaches that feel like a chisel going through your head scrapping little bits off each time, fever, muscles that just did not want to work, like yesterday walking my dog Apollo, my quads and hip flexors just did not want to work due to fatigue.

"Then my taste failed where beer tastes bad and wine the same. And finally at times struggling with memory of names and things. Then there is irritation. So please take care.

"And for those doubters out there, do not judge or cast unwarranted comments and opinions I would not anyone, even you, to experience this hideous virus. So I ask, do what is right, not just for you, but your family friends co-workers and other people around.

"I am luckier than most and for that I am thankful and blessed. Also the world is blessed science has acted and performed like never before in getting a vaccine/s for all to eventually receive.

"Thank you to those people. We need to great our world back in healthy harmony so we can get healthy economically and prosperously with millions and millions people getting their lives back.

"God bless those infected and who may fall unwittingly to this virus. My prayers and thoughts go out to you all. Once out of here, back to quarantine."

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