New Orleans Saints coach Sean Payton says he's been cleared following battle with coronavirus

Jace Evans

New Orleans Saints coach Sean Payton says he has been cleared following a battle with the novel coronavirus

Payton made the announcement in a radio interview with WWL 870 AM/105.3 FM, saying he was cleared Tuesday. 

He had gone public with his diagnosis last week

"It's been quite a process. 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," Payton began. 

He outlined the timeline of his symptoms and the recovery guidelines. 

"Basically a weekend ago ... is when I first began to feel some flu-like symptoms, where you get kind of the chills," Payton said. "Then Monday morning, they were certainly a little bit more significant. I had a low-grade fever, but the chills were back. That's when I had my test, on Monday." 

He said he didn't get his test results back until Thursday, when he then went public with the news. 

"I've been fortunate. You stay inside like everyone's doing, you find ways to pass time... I'm feeling a lot better," Payton said. 

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New Orleans Saints head coach Sean Payton says he's been cleared following a battle with the coronavirus.

He also implored people to practice social distancing. 

"We try asking nicely, and we try saying 'hey look, this is the deal,' and then you still see behavior that makes you upset," Payton said. "Just picture everyone's got a hand grenade on them, how about that? So stay away from everybody."  

Payton also addressed criticisms of him getting a COVID-19 test, saying he "wasn't going to use a test if I didn't have symptoms." He also stressed the need to flatten the curve and his concerns over how dangerous the disease is.   

"The thing that's troubling is, it's so contagious that it's going to find the people that aren't healthy enough to defend themselves against it. You and I talked about your father, our parents, our aunts and uncles, those people – anybody with comorbidities that has an existing or preexisting condition. And you don't have to be in your 80s to have one of those... Anybody that has preexisting conditions becomes a greater risk, obviously. And we've seen younger people. 

"The reason it applies to everybody is because everybody can get it."