Former Oakland A’s manager Art Howe has been released from the hospital after making progress in his recovery from coronavirus, via reports from MLB insider Brian McTaggart and Tracy Ringolsby of Sports Illustrated.
The 73-year-old Howe had been admitted to a Houston area intensive care unit on Tuesday. He initially felt symptoms on May 3, and a couple days later received a positive test for coronavirus. After isolating in his home for several days, his condition worsened to the point that he needed to go to the hospital, including the development of a fever.
One of the symptoms Howe complained of was a loss of his sense of taste, making it difficult to eat, and he told McTaggart that his taste buds still haven’t fully returned to normal. Howe also noted, though, that one of the hallmarks of the disease is that it affects everybody differently, with a variety of potential symptoms.
He went on to say that he’ll be quarantined for another two weeks at his home, as he finishes his recovery and continues to monitor his temperature and oxygen.
In the meantime, Howe hopes that everyone will take the coronavirus pandemic seriously, having now experienced it first-hand.
“Think about your fellow man,” Howe said, via McTaggart. “It’s important. This is a crazy thing.”
That’s advice that MLB has followed so far, as the 2020 season is yet to begin while all parties involved figure out if there’s a safe way to play games. To that end, the league has proposed a set of safety protocols, subject to approval from the players union. Read more from Ken Rosenthal and Evan Drellich of The Athletic, or John Hickey of Sports Illustrated.