Emmanuel Sanders is Scared For His Life After COVID-19 Diagnosis: “Lord, Please”

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The last thing Emmanuel Sanders is worried about these days is returning back to the field. The Saints receiver — who tested positive for COVID-19 — is concerned what happens when he wakes up every morning.

“Every night I go to sleep I’m like, ‘Lord, please, let me like wake up in the morning feeling good,’” Sanders said on Uninterrrupted’s “17 Weeks” podcast. “Like, I don’t want to wake up in the middle of the night and like, can’t breathe. And like, s–t just goes south, right? That’s like my biggest fear in watching that s–t, it intensifies my fears, right? Because people can say whatever you want and everybody could say, ‘Oh yeah, I’m not scared to get COVID.’

But in the back of your head, and you may think you’re healthy but in the back of your head, you don’t know this virus. Nobody knows anything about this virus. You don’t know how your body’s gonna react and you don’t know at any moment, like if shit will go south, right?”

Sanders, who tested positive for the coronavirus last week, has now developed symptoms.

“Showed up to practice,” Sanders said. “I wasn’t feeling well. It was just weird. And my wife, you know, she told me like the day before she was like, I can’t taste or smell anything. So that kind of like threw me off a little bit. So then the next day I show up to work and I’m running routes, but I’m just like, I just don’t feel good.

So I ended up telling the trainers. I told the trainers I wasn’t feeling well. And then they start asking me questions. And then I told them about my wife. And after that they took me to get tested and I got tested and that test came back positive. And then they sent me to another doctor and that came back positive and I was just like, what the hell?”

“Because truthfully, you know, I don’t really go anywhere. And the only places I’ve been was to take my son to go train for basketball and for football. And so I don’t know, that’s the only place that I possibly could have contracted it unless you know, me and my wife, we went and had dinner one night as well. So it’s a situation that sucks. I’m missing two games. But, you know, it is what it is. Football is a game. And sometimes I think about it way too much over situations that could be, you know, deadly. And so I was upset about the two games at first, but then once I realized, damn, like I got COVID-19 and it’s way bigger than football. I just thank God that obviously I’m still in good health right now and that my wife’s still in good health.”

Sanders said his fever peaked around 102 degrees and that he is suffering from body aches.

“Like literally I was laying in bed just shivering,” Sanders said. “Every night, my fever comes back. At night time around eight o’clock we both get like these weird like loopy feelings. Like, it feels like we’re glitchy. Like when I’m walking it feels like if my wife was to talk to me, it feels like I’m skipping a beat every now and then. It’s like the weirdest s–t ever.”