Legendary NBA commentator Doris Burke announced Friday afternoon that she tested positive for coronavirus on St. Patrick's Day at a Philadelphia hospital.
Burke, speaking with ESPN's Adrian Wojnarowski on a new episode of The Woj Pod released Friday, said she began feeling ill on March 11, the day the NBA suspended its season. The symptoms — fatigue and overwhelming headaches — persisted for days, and by March 14, Burke said her symptoms had worsened.
"I was so tired, that if I tried to get out of bed," Burke said, "I kid you not, I could not be out of bed for more than five minutes without needing to go back to bed and lay down."
Burke said she dealt with a "moral dilemma" in deciding whether she needed to be tested for coronavirus, but eventually was swayed by her daughter's fiance's mother, who was a nurse and nurse educator for years.
"She was quite concerned that I had, through all the travels, et cetera, possibly been exposed," Burke said. "I made the decision that Tuesday night, St. Patrick's Day, to go down to a local city hospital in Philadelphia and get tested, and that's exactly what I did."
Burke said she received confirmation Wednesday evening, but has been symptom-free and is feeling better. On Thursday, Burke said, she was contacted by a Health Department official from the Pennsylvania county where she lives — Burke said last year she has a place outside the city itself — to follow up.
You can listen to the full episode here.
Burke also cautioned listeners to take the ongoing coronavirus pandemic seriously.
"Whatever your trusted medical professionals are telling you, please, please follow those (instructions)," Burke said.
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