Asia Durr tested positive for COVID-19 on June 8. More than seven months later, she is still feeling the effects of the novel coronavirus.
In an interview on “Real Sports with Bryant Gumbel,” the Liberty guard told HBO’s Mary Carillo that she continues to deal with symptoms of the virus and is unsure when — or whether — she will be able to resume her playing career. Durr, who missed the entire 2020 WNBA season after opting out as a high-risk player, is a “long-hauler,” described as someone who experiences symptoms associated with COVID-19 weeks or months after the initial diagnosis.
“There’s days where I feel great, like I could go out and go to the store or I could clean up,” Durr said. “And then there’s days where I’m like, ‘I just have to stay in the bed,’ and you just feel like you get hit by a bus.”
I fear we will see much more of this after forcing sports teams together for our enjoyment. Kills me to see such a great person suffer. We love you @A_Hooper25 get well soon. (Video from Real Sports) pic.twitter.com/F9oSsWFGJF
— Williamncaudill (@wncaudill) January 27, 2021
During her worst period with the virus, Durr, 23, struggled to breathe and was spitting up blood. She told Carillo that she has lost 32 pounds since contracting COVID-19.
“[I had] lung pain that was just so severe,” Durr said. “It felt like somebody took a long knife and was just stabbing you in your lungs each second. I woke up, two o’clock in the morning vomiting, going back and forth to the bathroom. I couldn’t keep anything down.”
While she is hoping to make a return with the Liberty, Durr has wondered whether she will ever be able to play basketball again. Doctors have not yet cleared her to play or engage in any strenuous physical activities.
Also, to be clear: I am working every day to be back for this WNBA season! My progress is slow and incremental, but I’m striving to gain momentum. Thankful for @NYLiberty for their patience & resources. This entire struggle has been a powerful reminder of all my blessings too.
— Asia Durr (@A_Hooper25) January 27, 2021
“That’s what’s really hard for me because in life whenever something was hard, I would go and play,” Durr said. “I can’t even do that now. I can’t even shoot a free throw.”
New York selected Durr with the No. 2 overall pick in the 2019 WNBA Draft after she left Louisville as the second-leading scorer in the program’s history. The Liberty have not shared a timetable regarding when Durr may be able to rejoin the team.