Arn Anderson has revealed that a few weeks ago, he was suffering from symptoms after contracting COVID-19.
On his podcast, The ARN Show, The Enforcer noted that for around 10 days, he was bedridden, unable to eat and drink. Anderson talked about his suffering with hallucinations as he was recovering from the illness.
Anderson noted that although he had matching symptoms, such as shortness of breath, he never tested positive for COVID-19 while ill.
The AEW manager talked about negative-positive and positive-negative results being very real, after an antibody test revealed he had the antibodies for COVID-19 after he had recovered.
Here is the full quote. courtesy of Wrestling News:
“The last few weeks I found out a few things personally. I found out there is such a thing as a negative-positive test and a positive-negative test. You can have several tests in a row that are all negative, which I did. I mean overkill, like every other day, because I got really, really sick a couple weeks ago for about 10 days.
“Thank God it was during the period we were off at AEW and I wasn’t exposed to anybody and quarantined in my house, but buddy, I’m just telling you, I know the symptoms vary, hugely, from person to person and age group, and let me tell you I got sick as hell. It scared me to death.
“I was in the bed for probably a week. I couldn’t drink anything. I couldn’t eat anything. I was hallucinating. I was looking at my ceiling and I saw ice forming on the ceiling. So, I had one day there for a minute where I couldn’t catch my breath and it was a lot of things I never experienced in my life. It scared me to death.
“What I want to do is reiterate to everybody out there that guys, this thing is bad. It’s really bad and it varies from person to person. We have not by a thousand percent turned the corner in this getting better. If anything, we are going into that peak season and we haven’t even started talking about the flu and all that.
“This show is meant to just have some fun, but if we don’t stop and pause and realize we have to fix this ourselves, I don’t know, but I experienced it first hand. When I went back to work, just to button the story up, my tests that you always get with AEW before you can enter anywhere, you don’t even need to go to your hotel room.
“You fly in and go get a test. The one that I had this past Wednesday morning, all of a sudden I had the antibodies for having COVID, which meant that I had had it, but at no point did I test positive for it. So, what was going on in my bedroom for a week was absolutely COVID.
“It was brutal. It was hard to deal with. You go days without drinking water hardly because you can’t get it down. You go a week without food. It’s tough. So, all I’m asking is let’s do some common sense things. Go the extra mile. For those of us that can do it, do something nice for a stranger. Do something nice for a family member. Do something nice for a friend and let’s get this thing knocked out.”
Anderson noted that his illness was during a time when he wasn’t mixing with the AEW locker-room.
After recovering an unfortunate set of symptoms, The Enforcer knows first-hand the pain and struggles that this virus can cause, and is using his platform to raise awareness.
Arn Anderson signed a multi-year deal with AEW last year, so will be frequently taking COVID-19 tests before appearing on TV as a company safety precaution.