Saints coach Sean Payton reveals how he’s coping with the coronavirus

Saints the coach said over the phone just after dinner arrived. He sounded chipper. “Unfortunately, this disease did not kill my appetite.” “Data-reactid =” 13 “> Sean Payton, coronavirus patient, quarantined himself at his New Orleans home on Sunday evening, ordered a cheesesteak for delivery to a favorite eatery.” I’m blessed for many reasons, “said the coach of the Saints over the phone just after the food arrived. He sounded chipper. “Unfortunately, this disease didn’t kill my appetite.”

He is the only NFL coach, or top NFL official, to test positive for Corona virus. Yet. Ominously, he knows it may not be. “When all is said and done, a third of every group in the country can get it,” Payton said. “And of course we have to be careful about spreading it. [Saints offensive coordinator] Pete Carmichael has diabetes, so we have to be careful with him and with everyone actually. “

Payton has no idea how he got it. Three weeks ago, he had just left the NFL Scouting Combine in Indianapolis, filled with 2,500 NFL people and media in close contact. The following weekend, he went to New York to see a few Broadway plays. Crowded theaters. Then he played golf with friends in Naples, Fla. “Then, last Friday [10 days ago] I spoke to Bill Parcells. He had a horse, Three Technique, which ran a race in Arkansas on Saturday. Bill had no intention of going, but I love the races. I said I’m going. So I went to the race. At home, on Sunday, just a week ago today, I felt gross, a little feverish and just weak. Had the chills. Woke up on Monday with the chills. Achy. I called our team doc, described the symptoms. It’s not a flu season here, so he thought I had an 85 percent chance [coronavirus]. I went to a hospital and drove up the small driveway and they came out to test me. They had all their protective equipment on. I rolled down my window. Exactly as you have seen: they did nostril one and then nostril two. That was it. On Thursday he sent a text message. “Tested positive. Call me. “I wasn’t nervous about it because I felt good.”

Payton is feeling better, but still weak. Today, he and his NFL match committee colleagues will participate in a conference call to discuss possible changes to the rules. He feels empathized with so many people now that he has seen and felt what the virus can do.

“Look, I’m fine. I’m getting better, and we’re going to continue, and we’ve got the depth somehow, shape or form, ”Payton said. “That is not important at the moment. What is important is our health workers, our doctors and nurses, on the front line of this thing. We have to take care of them.

“For now this is our life and we need to be prepared for it. Some basic things are threatened in our whole lives. We all need to take a little bit more social responsibility. We all felt invincible at some point in our lives, like young people now But think about the person who might be influencing you. “

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