New Orleans Saints head coach reports full recovery from the coronavirus
Sean Payton is back in action and ready to get the season underway
New Orleans Saints head coach Sean Payton confirmed last Thursday that he tested positive for coronavirus, and he just confirmed yesterday that he is fully recovered. According to what he told WWL, he started feeling coronavirus-like symptoms two Sundays ago and said that he did feel feverish and had chills back on March 15 but, since he was not having any of the respiratory issues that were associated, he didn’t have any suspicions. However, he has now given an update on his health situation and appears to have made a full recovery.
“I was cleared yesterday,” Payton told WWL’s Sports Talk with Bobby Hebert and Kristian Garic. “It’s been quite a process, and you spend a lot of time trying to learn as much as you can about it. We’re certainly seeing it on the news 24/7.”
Based on recommendations made by health agencies and experts, the best thing to do is a 14-day quarantine for people who either were exposed to a positive coronavirus case or diagnosed with the virus. “But basically, a weekend ago, it wasn’t until Sunday night, when I first began to feel some flu-like symptoms,” Payton added. “Monday morning, they were certainly a little bit more significant. I had a low-grade fever … and that’s when I had my test on Monday and basically quarantined at that point at the house.”
Of course, criticism is always present, especially for a public figure like Payton. Some people complained that he most likely spread the virus when he visited the horse-track last weekend. Another claim from people is that he had special access to a coronavirus test while New Orleans and Louisiana, in general, are inundated with positive COVID-19 cases. Payton countered the complaints, stating, “Hey, if I would have known I had this, I wouldn’t have been at the racetrack. I had symptoms. I wasn’t gonna use a test if I didn’t have symptoms.”