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Mother Of NBA Star Karl-Anthony Towns Is Still In The ICU After Contracting Coronavirus

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By Clark Sparky

Nearly two weeks after NBA star Karl-Anthony Towns announced on social media that his mother was in a coma due to the coronavirus, his former college coach is providing an update. Kentucky head coach John Calipari spoke to TMZ about Towns' mom.

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"I would say to everybody out there ... Ms. Jackie, Karl Towns' mother, is still in that hospital. She's fighting, she's there." Calipari said. "We get updates, every single day we get an update from Karl Sr. about how she’s doing from the nurses at the ICU. I just can’t wait until she gets out of that hospital. But it's been a tough road," he added.

Towns shared the emotional news about his mother in an Instagram video last month.

"I was told early last week my parents weren't feeling well. My first reaction to her was to go seek medical attention immediately," he said. "There's no reason to wait, just go to the nearest hospital. And after a couple days of not showing any signs of improvement, I was very adamant on the first day to go to a hospital and seek further evaluation."

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He continued, "Her lungs were getting worse, her cough was getting worse. She was deteriorating. She was deteriorating -- and we always felt that the next medicine would help. This is the one that's going to get it done. This mixture is going to get it done.

Towns said his mother was eventually put into a coma and placed on a ventilator. "Since that day, I haven't talked to her, haven't been able to obviously communicate with her. I've just been getting updates on her condition. It's rough, and day by day we're just seeing how it goes. We're being positive; I'm being very positive. So I'm just keeping the strength up for everybody and my family."

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.

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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