Charles Barkley Self-Quarantines As He Awaits Coronavirus Test Results

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Charles Barkley revealed he has tested for coronavirus.

The NBA Hall of Famer shared the news during Thursday night’s episode of NBA on TNT. Speaking over the phone, Barkley told his co-hosts that he was advised to self-quarantine after falling ill earlier this week. The 57-year-old said he has yet to receive results of the COVID-19 test.

“I spent the earlier part of the week in New York City, when I got to Atlanta yesterday I wasn’t feeling well,” he explained. “I talked to a couple of people at Turner and a couple of doctors, and they told me to self-quarantine for the next 48 hours. So, I started yesterday. This is my second day. I haven’t been feeling great and they didn’t want me taking any chances … I went and took the coronavirus test late this afternoon. I have not gotten the results back. So, I’m just kind of limbo right now. I’m really hoping it was just a bug.”

During the call, Barkley got the chance to ask Dr. Sanjay Gupta some questions about the deadly disease. Gupta didn’t sugarcoat his answers.

“You think this thing is gon’ to get worse before it gets better?” Barkley asked, referring to the coronavirus outbreak. “I hate to ask that question, but it’s a fair question.”

“It is a fair question, and the answer is yes,” Gupta replied. “I wanna give you an honest answer, Charles.”

Barkley’s announcement comes amid growing concerns over coronavirus, which resulted in sweeping cancellations of conferences, concerts, and sporting events.


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