South Carolina’s Frank Martin Opens Up About COVID Diagnosis
South Carolina head coach Frank Martin opened up about his COVID diagnosis recently.
“Over the last few months, our country and most of the world have experienced an unprecedented medical crisis. The COVID-19 pandemic has taken many lives and has affected many in our community and it has shown that it does not discriminate and can affect any one of us, including me,” Martin wrote.
“Early last month, in preparation for a knee replacement surgery, I took a COVID-19 test on May 8. Two days later I received results that I had tested positive. I was shocked; I didn’t have any symptoms, other than feeling a bit fatigued, and I immediately entered quarantine at my home. I’m thankful to say that I did not have to be hospitalized.
“My immediate concern was for my family, who I have been with every single day since mid-March, and if I had infected them; would they develop symptoms, would they have to be hospitalized; the anxiety, guilt, and general angst I experienced after testing positive was overwhelming. Thanks to God’s will, a week later my family all tested negative, and I’m thankful to tell you that on May 23, my follow-up test results also came back negative. I can’t thank my wife, Anya, and my children enough for the love and support and care they have shown me. I’m so thankful and appreciative for the wellbeing of my family and my personal health at this time, and I’ve thought and reflected on the many families who have not been as fortunate.
“We have a responsibility to protect, help and care for each other. Let’s continue to educate ourselves about this virus, and follow the advice of medical professionals and do what we can to prevent the spread. Please reach out to your families and your friends who may be self-isolating, particularly the elderly, so they have someone to talk to and someone to listen. Let’s take care of each other and let’s keep those who are suffering from this disease and those nurses, doctors and first responders who are fighting for us in our prayers.”
It will be interesting to see how South Carolina fares when college basketball action resumes.