Phillies Inner Field Player Scott Kingery Talks About Coronavirus Hell


If you don’t believe this coronavirus story is real, listen to what Scott Kingery says and you might change your mind.

“It all started on Thursday, June 11, when I had a headache,” the Phillies’ second goal to NBC Sports Philidelphia said Tuesday from its Phoenix home. “I tried to play but it hasn’t gone away.

“Saturday around 10 am I had such bad chills that I couldn’t move without shaking my whole body. ”

“That night my fever got so high that I sweated through my sheets. He left an imprint of my body. ”

“My fever started on Sunday morning and I felt a little better. ”

“But three or four days later, I lost my sense of taste and smell for a few days. It was really boring. ”

“For a week, I was so tired. Low battery. Tired. Then I had shortness of breath for a week. I felt like I was lying on the couch for three weeks without moving. I was tired of going up the stairs. ”

Kingery, 26, wants people to know a few things:

First, he is healthy now, completely symptom-free.

Second, he wants to be in Philadelphia, preparing for a season with his Phillies teammates, but cannot because his test results were initially false and were later delayed by the July 4 vacation.

The third thing that Kingery wants everyone, from teammates to fans, to know is that this virus is real.

“It comes to you really fast,” he said. “Even if you don’t think you can be exposed. It works very fast. It can creep up on you and make you pretty bad like it did with me. ”

“I know five or six people who were affected and each person was affected differently. Some had sore throats, really bad. I never had a sore throat. Some were asymptomatic throughout the journey. I was not. ”

Kingery returned to the Phoenix area after the spring training closed in March. He started working with a small group of players, all of whom live in the same area. One guy in the group tested positive.

After learning of his boyfriend’s positive test, Kingery went to an emergency care facility on a Monday and was tested. He returned home (he has two roommates) and was quarantined. He waited for the results of his test.

Tuesday. Wednesday. Thursday. Friday. Saturday.

For some reason, maybe it was because the virus was going up in Phoenix and the facilities were overwhelmed, the results never came.

But Kingery didn’t need it.

He knew he had it.

After sweating a raging fever this Saturday evening, five days after being tested, Kingery called the emergency care facility. They said they had his test results and they were… negative.

“There was no way that was possible,” he said. “I had all the symptoms. ”

Kingery called Phillies athletic trainer Paul Buchheit, who shipped a test kit to Kingery.

This returned positive for COVID-19.

Kingery was quarantined and followed the protocols. Its tests are now managed by MLB.

“I had a test,” he said. “As soon as I get the results of the second and everything is going to be fine, I will be on a plane to Philadelphia. ”

Kingery has returned to physical activity. He makes a few shots. He believes he may be ready to play baseball when the Phillies season opens on July 24.

But it is not sure to have been cleared by then by the MLB and the Phillies. Once in Philadelphia, he will have to follow admission protocols and other tests. He said that due to a difficult illness, the team would likely want him to have additional tests, just to make sure his heart and lungs are in good condition.

Kingery said he had only spoken to a few of his teammates. He thinks of them. He wants to be with them.

And he wants them all to stay healthy.

“It is frustrating to see everything going on at Philly and to know that I should be there if it were not for the test delays,” he said. “But every protocol adopted by the MLB and the Phillies is necessary.

“There are ways to take precautions without there being a big epidemic so we can play this season.

“But I want people to know that it’s not a two-week thing if you get it. You are not expected to be active for 10-14 days after a positive test. It could be a month. It’s a huge part of the season, so you don’t want to get it. You must take precautions and protocols seriously. ”

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