Browns’ Jamie Gillan still positive for COVID-19 after almost a month

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Browns punter Jamie Gillan is learning that even if you’re young and healthy, COVID-19 won’t necessarily go away quickly.

Gillan, who was placed on the Browns’ reserve/COVID-19 list on Thursday, told Tom Pelissero of NFL Network that he tested positive early this month, thought the virus was out of his system, and then tested positive again this week.

I thought I was just tired,” Gillam said of first feeling symptoms around the Fourth of July. “I went and punted and kicked. I had two days of symptoms where I was achy and had a fever. The third day I had no fever or symptoms. I found out July 9 I had it. I did approximately two weeks of quarantine from the ninth and then went back to living normally. I tested positive for antibodies [on Tuesday, July 28]. Then [Wednesday, July 29], somehow, I tested positive. I feel great as it’s been almost a month since I initially tested positive. Remember, we’re all in this together. Wear a mask.”

Gillan’s experience shows that players who get the virus, even if they feel OK, may have to miss significant playing time. Playing football in a pandemic will not be easy.

12 responses to “Browns’ Jamie Gillan still positive for COVID-19 after almost a month

  1. This is why CDC changed guidance on recovery quarantine. Test picks up fragments of virus, which includes dead virus, so you can test positive for weeks despite being better and not contagious. It’s a false positive of sorts (indicates past infection, not current).

    NFL needs to adjust their guidelines accordingly.

  2. I don’t know why we haven’t mandated masks 100 years ago for the flu! That’s the ticket, because after everyone started wearing masks, everything got better. Just remember the mask isn’t to protect yourself, it’s only to protect others from you.

  3. If you feel like you need to wear a mask then obviously you feel like you might have the virus. So if you think you have the virus, instead of wearing your mask and going about your business, instead just stay home. It’s not the people not wearing masks getting people sick. It’s all the sick people in masks parading around spreading the disease.

  4. polandlaker says:
    I don’t know why we haven’t mandated masks 100 years ago for the flu! That’s the ticket, because after everyone started wearing masks, everything got better. Just remember the mask isn’t to protect yourself, it’s only to protect others from you.
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    I heard a rumor that there is a vaccine for the flu. So people can get those instead.

  5. I don’t know why we haven’t mandated masks 100 years ago for the flu! That’s the ticket, because after everyone started wearing masks, everything got better. Just remember the mask isn’t to protect yourself, it’s only to protect others from you.

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    I agree with you for the most part. We all wear masks now because of the asymptomatic carriers. In the future, those people with flus and colds should be encouraged to wear a mask when they go out in public to protect others. It should be considered good hygiene.

  6. you feel like you need to wear a mask then obviously you feel like you might have the virus. So if you think you have the virus, instead of wearing your mask and going about your business, instead just stay home. It’s not the people not wearing masks getting people sick. It’s all the sick people in masks parading around spreading the disease.

    Are you kidding me right now? We wear the mask because we think we have it?
    That’s not how this works.

  7. That’s exactly how this works. You would never share your mask with someone else because it’s covered in your germs. The mask is supposed to contain your cough. But you guys fidget with it and take it off your nose constantly, getting everyone around you sick. If you feel the need to wear a mask, stay home.

  8. “NFL needs to adjust their guidelines accordingly.”
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    But to what exactly? He says he’s still tired all the time so it’s not like he’s at peak health and still testing positive. And there have been documented cases of people catching it twice. You put in a guideline along the lines of “after a couple weeks test results don’t matter any more” and you run the risk of sending sick guys back into the locker room to infect everybody. And no doubt teams would love to say their sick stars were back and ready to play as quickly as possible.

  9. Deaths have gone thru the roof in the last week and we are still mid summer, the fall is gonna be a disaster and they think their gonna play football?

  10. firstdownbrowns says:
    July 31, 2020 at 8:39 am
    safe to say 19 is winning and its not close.

    The only reason it is winning is because people do not do the right thing.

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