As NFL teams begin training camps in anticipation of the upcoming season, Philadelphia Eagles head coach Doug Pederson will be absent for the foreseeable future. On Sunday night, the Eagles confirmed that the head coach has tested positive for coronavirus.
Pederson, who is asymptomatic, is self-quarantining.
“We received confirmation this evening that Head Coach Doug Pederson tested positive for COVID-19,” a statement from the team read. “Pederson is asymptomatic and doing well. He is currently in self-quarantine and in communication with the team’s medical staff. The organization is following the protocols established by the NFL and the NFLPA. Any individuals in close contact with Pederson at our facility have been notified and will continue with daily testing procedures and compliance with all protocols before returning to the facility.”
The 52-year-old is the second NFL head coach to test positive for COVID-19, with New Orleans Saints head coach Sean Payton revealing his diagnosis back in March.
The Eagles are set to kickoff their 2020 season on September 13 against the Washington Football Team.
The coronavirus mainly comes from animals and a majority of those who were infected early either worked at or frequently visited the Huanan seafood wholesale market in Wuhan, according to The Guardian. The virus is similar to Severe acute respiratory syndrome (Sars) and Middle Eastern respiratory syndrome (Mers).
The Wuhan coronavirus is transmitted from person to person through “droplet transmission.” That means an infected person can pass the virus by sneezing or coughing on another person as well as by direct contact.
While a majority of the cases have been detected in the United States and China — with more than 4.4 confirmed cases and 152,000 deaths in the United States — it has now reached many countries around the world. It has also been confirmed in Italy, Australia, Canada, France, Germany, and many other eastern countries.