Mariappa shocked at being COVID-19 positive

first_img(REUTERS) – WATFORD defender Adrian Mariappa said he was shocked at testing positive for the coronavirus, having strictly followed Britain’s social distancing guidelines and not shown any symptoms.The Premier League said on Tuesday that six people from three different clubs had tested positive for COVID-19 out of a sample of 748 and Watford had confirmed three positive cases.“Ever since I got my positive result back on Tuesday, I’ve been scratching my head to try to work out how I might have got coronavirus,” Mariappa, 33, told the Telegraph.“It was a big surprise because I haven’t really left the house, apart from some exercise and the odd walk with the kids. I’ve mainly just been homeschooling and keeping fit.“My lifestyle is very quiet, so I really don’t know how I got it. Like most people, we’ve been having more deliveries of food and things, so maybe that’s one way, and my partner has been to the supermarket a few times.”Mariappa, who will have to self-isolate for seven days in line with Premier League guidelines, said he was in the best shape of his career and looking forward to returning to training.“I’ve felt as fit as ever, probably fitter because I’ve been working really hard. I’ve been following my training programme and I’ve not felt out of breath or ill, or anything.”The Premier League hopes to restart its season in June, having been suspended since mid-March. Watford are due to return to training this week but skipper Troy Deeney has said he will not be present out of concern for his son’s health.last_img read more

Focusing on a good life beyond cancer

first_imgKrista Colvin slowly wakes from surgery. She slips in and out of consciousness. In this dreamy state, she thinks more about when she’ll get to see her family than about the fact that she no longer has breasts. She had time to work through the impending physical loss in the months leading to her mastectomy. Krista, 43, was diagnosed in March with cancer. Now surgeons have removed her right breast, which had two tumors, as well as cancerous lymph nodes. Because Krista carries a gene mutation that increases the chance of cancer recurring, her healthy breast was removed, too. After she moves out of the surgical recovery area and into a hospital room overlooking Mount Hood, her family arrives from their home in Camas. Her husband, Mike, ushers Wes, 10, and Annie, 8, into the room. They catch Krista off-guard. She’s still hooked to oxygen and an IV. Her face is pale. She’d rather her children didn’t see her this way, but she can’t help but feel glad they’re there. She smiles. When Wes sees his mother attached to so many tubes, tears flood his eyes. Annie reacts differently. She can’t contain her curiosity. “Can I see?” Annie asks, hoping to peek under her mother’s bandages. “Mommy hasn’t even looked yet.” Krista replies. It isn’t until later, when a nurse helps Krista prepare for her first shower after surgery, that Krista examines where her breasts used to be. She removes the bandages and quickly studies her chest. Her wound is closed with tape. “Interesting,” she thinks, yet she doesn’t feel sad. Later, at home, she takes more time to look at herself in the mirror from all angles. Mike echoes her thoughts when he sees her scars — sort of like upside-down Ts — for the first time.last_img read more