Howe, 73, told KPRC 2 that he first felt COVID-19 symptoms on May 3 and learned he tested positive two days after being tested. After trying to recover at home, he was transported to a hospital by ambulance on Tuesday after his symptoms grew worse and he remained in ICU on Thursday night.
Howe’s initial symptoms included chills that made him shake “like a leaf,” then felt “total fatigue” in addition to losing his sense of taste.
“Never experienced anything like it before,” Howe told KPRC 2.
Howe, who played for Houston from 1976-82 and then managed the Astros from 1989-93, said he has to go 24 straight hours without a fever before he can be released. He also said he has no interest in eating, though he knows he needs to, due to his lack of taste.