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Sean Payton, New Orleans Saints Coach, Says He's Feeling a Lot Better after Going Public with COVID-9 Diagnosis

Joe Akins
Mar 27, 2020
06:00 P.M.
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Sean Payton is feeling a lot better days after sharing he was diagnosed with the dreaded COVID-19, and he has a lot of advice for others suffering from the virus.


Days after the coach of New Orleans Saints, Sean Payton, revealed he was diagnosed with the dreaded COVID-19, he has a new health update. He said in an interview with WWL 870,

"I am feeling a lot better,"

Head Coach Sean Payton of the New Orleans Saints watches his team warm up before a game against the Tennessee Titans at Nissan Stadium on December 22, 2019 in Nashville, Tennessee. | Photo: Getty Images


Payton, who is grateful to be feeling like his usual self, said he has been given a clean bill of health and is free from the virus. He added,

"I've been very fortunate. [I] stay inside like everyone is doing, and [I] found ways to pass the time."

The coach said that battling the virus was a tough process. He noted that he sought for information everywhere to keep himself informed, and said that it wasn't hard with the news on TV 24/7.


The Saints coach then gave listeners a rundown on how he knew he should get tested. First, it started with flu-like symptoms, which became more significant within several hours.

The event came after the NFL shut down visitation of prospective drafts in a bid to prevent the virus from affecting those in the football community


Next, Payton had a low-grade fever and decided to get tested. The test confirmed that the coach had COVID-19, and the rest became a history that he is glad he gets to share. The New Orleans resident advised people to practice social distancing. He told listeners to,

"Just picture that everyone has a hand grenade on them… so stay away from everybody."

Payton also pointed out that the virus is more dangerous to people who aren't healthy enough to fight it and protect themselves. He noted that those with preexisting health conditions are more susceptible and asked everyone to stay safe.


The Superbowl winning coach, who got cleared on Tuesday, is the first confirmed case of COVID-19 in the NFL. He revealed his diagnosis last Thursday in an interview with ESPN.

At the time, Payton said the virus has gone beyond social distancing to shutting down for a week or two. He noted that people needed to understand the "Curve and the ball" to work together to stop the spread.


Before his diagnosis, the coach was seen out and about. He attended the horse race at Oaklawn Park in Hot Springs, Arkansas; the event was closed to the public.

The event came after the NFL shut down the visitation of prospective drafts in a bid to prevent the virus from affecting those in the football community. Payton now wants to be part of the solution and not the problem, and he believes the world can beat COVID-19.


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