Hatters skipper Sonny Bradley spoke to iFollow Hatters earlier about what isolating has meant for him and his family, as well as encouraging everybody to follow the government’s guidelines of staying indoors.
Bradley and his partner Amy had their first child earlier on this season – with baby Sonny keeping the central-defender in high-spirits whilst at home.
He said: “My little boy Sonny has just started sitting up and having a look around and he’s inquisitive, he wants to get his hands on everything. It’s frustrating we can’t take him out, but they’re the necessary precautions we need to take right now to protect ourselves and that’s what we are willing to do.
“It’s frustrating, we’ve had Mother’s Day, I would like to see my mum as well, but we can’t do that. It’s unfortunate, but it’s not the end of the world, we will have to save celebrations like that for when it’s safe to leave the house again.
“I am absolutely fine. Me and my family – my girlfriend and my little boy – we are doing absolutely fine. We are following the government’s guidelines, we are staying inside and only going to the supermarket maybe once every three days for the essentials, just there and back.
“We are just doing everything we can to stay safe, not only to protect ourselves, but protect the people we’re normally in contact with, the family members we normally speak to, our friends. We’re just staying well away at the moment and I think that’s the best thing to do.
“I think more people are starting to recognise that now and are taking it more seriously which we should have been doing anyway. So we’re all good and I think if we continue to follow the government guidelines, then we will be fine.”
Typically, Sonny’s parents come down from Hull regularly to watch him play for the Hatters, but due to the Covid-19 pandemic, he hasn’t seen his parents at all recently.
“I get to see my parents maybe once a week, or once every couple of weeks. they love their football, they love coming down, they love seeing their grandson Sonny,” he explained. “But for the time being and for the foreseeable future we’re not going to be able to have contact, which is frustrating, but it is definitely the right thing to do right now.
“Basically the coronavirus – I think we’re all switched on. You can carry this virus without even knowing you’ve got it. So if I were to be in contact with my parents who are obviously older than me – I am not going to say how old, as my dad might see this!
“My mum and dad are obviously a lot more vulnerable than me, so I am not going to take that risk by being close to them or having any contact with them. In my opinion, it’s difficult, it’s very difficult for people because they will want to be in touch with loved ones, but if it was a case of not having contact with my parents for three or four months, that might sound quite scary right now, but it’s a real possibility.
“So if that was the case, I would be willing to do it, because there is no way that I am willing to put them at risk and I think the attitude I have got, more people need to take that attitude and really recognise how serious this is.
“But at the same time, I do get that it is frustrating, people do want to see their loved ones and see if they’re OK, but there is plenty of ways that they can do that – like we do now, a video call or a phone call. That’s the safest thing to do right now, so let’s just keep following the government guidelines and let’s make it a safe country to work in.”