Michigan State basketball coach Tom Izzo revealed Monday afternoon that on Monday morning, he examined optimistic for COVID-19, the illness brought on by the novel coronavirus. Izzo introduced his prognosis by the group’s social media channel by which he mentioned he was coping with solely “minor signs” and that he stays “in good well being.”
“I have been extraordinarily diligent for a lot of months now, sporting my masks in public and across the workplace, whereas adhering to social distancing tips,” he mentioned in a press release. “I have been racking my mind, making an attempt to determine if there was a time the place I let my guard down for simply an occasion. And whereas I have never recognized any space of publicity, what I’ve decided is that this exhibits the facility of the virus. You would be laborious pressed to discover a coach who’s taken extra precautions than I’ve, following all of the protocols put in place by our medical group, and but I nonetheless contracted the virus.”
Izzo mentioned he’ll proceed to remain in fixed contact along with his employees and gamers by communications expertise, however he won’t be in shut proximity as he fights the virus. He additionally mentioned he now can have “loads of time to observe movie.”
Izzo is only one of thousands and thousands of People who’ve been affected personally by contracting COVID-19 amidst the continuing world pandemic, and contracting the virus for him comes at a time when Michigan, particularly, is experiencing a pointy uptick in circumstances. Based on Johns Hopkins knowledge, the state almost 32,000 new circumstances the final week, which set a brand new weekly report for the state.
“I admire the help from my household, my group and the Michigan State fan base, but when I might ask for one favor, I might urge everybody to proceed to hearken to the medical specialists and observe their recommendation,” Izzo mentioned. “I am proof that nobody is immune, however I nonetheless consider that there are steps everybody can take to cut back their possibilities of contracting the virus.”
The 2020-21 faculty basketball season opens on Nov. 25, however Michigan State has not launched its schedule.