Sky’s Stefanie Dolson reveals how she and her family are dealing with coronavirus

In an essay at The Players Tribune, she discusses dealing with the symptoms and watching family members test positive.

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In an essay at The Players Tribune, Sky center Stefanie Dolson reveals how she and her family are dealing with testing positive for coronavirus.

In an essay at The Players Tribune, Sky center Stefanie Dolson reveals how she and her family are dealing with testing positive for coronavirus.

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Sky center Stefanie Dolson revealed in a post at The Players Tribune how she and members of her family were dealing with testing positive for the coronavirus.

Dolson announced during the WNBA Draft in April that she had tested positive.

“I contracted the coronavirus before any stay-at-home or self-quarantine orders had been announced, and before any social distancing began,” Dolson wrote in her post. “It was at the point where people knew about the virus, but it wasn’t rapidly escalating within the country. I had been home from China — where I had played in the WCBA — for three months and had spent a lot of the time traveling to see friends. It was a few days after one of those trips that the aches started.”

Dolson describes how she and her family members came down with symptoms of the coronavirus, with her mother — a labor and delivery nurse — the first to test positive.

“For a few days we called it ‘the Dolson virus,’” she wrote.

Dolson emphasized the importance of taking precautions to not spread the virus.

“I don’t understand why, just because you haven’t been personally affected by it, you wouldn’t want to take the precautions. It’s selfish,” she wrote. “So, for me, personally, I’m staying in the house.”

“I know a lot of people are back home with their families or feeling cooped up with roommates, so I get it. It’s hard,” she wrote. “But I don’t think we should open things up until it’s abundantly clear that people will be safe.”

“I’m going to be frank,” Dolson continued, “I’m very wary that Georgia and some other states have opened up on their own. It seems like something we should move forward on as a country. People’s lives are at stake.”

She criticized the country’s overall response to the pandemic.

“I think, as a country, we’re all disappointed in the fact that we weren’t prepared. We were so behind the 8 ball with testing. And we were also behind in getting people quarantined or just safe at home. Our lack of readiness and the disorganized response has set us back. … Times like this are when leadership really matters.”


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