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Sean Payton Offers Unique Way For People To Understand Social Distancing Following His Diagnosis

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By Clark Sparky

Saints head coach Sean Payton was diagnosed with the coronavirus earlier this month, and he's now on the mend. Recently, he was a guest on WWL 870 AM/105.3 FM and opened up about his experience with COVID-19 and the importance of getting people to take social distancing seriously.

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"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."

"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," he continued. "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."

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He also talked about his own experience of coming down with the illness.

"Basically a weekend ago ... is when I first began to feel some flu-like symptoms, where you get kind of the chills," Payton said via USA Today. "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 called it "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 said.

Staying Safe

Heath officials are urging people to remain in their homes as much as possible and avoid all social gatherings. Additionally, the CDC has issued some tips for helping to avoid contracting the disease.

Avoid close contact with people who are sick.

Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth.

Stay home when you are sick.

Cover your cough or sneeze with a tissue, then throw the tissue in the trash.

Clean and disinfect frequently touched objects and surfaces using a regular household cleaning spray or wipe.

CDC does not recommend that people who are well wear a facemask to protect themselves from respiratory diseases, including COVID-19.

Facemasks should be used by people who show symptoms of COVID-19 to help prevent the spread of the disease to others. The use of facemasks is also crucial for health workers and people who are taking care of someone in close settings (at home or in a health care facility).

Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds, especially after going to the bathroom; before eating; and after blowing your nose, coughing, or sneezing.

If soap and water are not readily available, use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer with at least 60% alcohol. Always wash hands with soap and water if hands are visibly dirty.

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