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New Orleans Saints coach Sean Payton says he's been cleared following battle with coronavirus

New Orleans Saints coach Sean Payton says he has been cleared following a battle with the novel coronavirus.

Payton made the announcement in a radio interview with WWL 870 AM/105.3 FM, saying he was cleared Tuesday.

He had gone public with his diagnosis last week.

"It's been quite a process. You spend a lot of time trying to learn as much as you can about it. We're certainly seeing it on the news 24/7," Payton began.

He outlined the timeline of his symptoms and the recovery guidelines.

"Basically a weekend ago ... is when I first began to feel some flu-like symptoms, where you get kind of the chills," Payton said. "Then Monday morning, they were certainly a little more significant. I had a low-grade fever, but the chills were back. That's when I had my test, on Monday."

He said he didn't get his test results back until Thursday, when he then went public with the news.

"I've been fortunate. You stay inside like everyone's doing, you find ways to pass time... I'm feeling a lot better," Payton said.

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He also implored people to practice social distancing.

"We try asking nicely, and we trying saying 'hey look, this is the deal,' and then you still see behavior that makes you upset," Payton said. "Just picture everyone's got a hand grenade on them, how about that? So stay away from everybody."

More to come.