Poker Pro David 'Doc' Sands Tests Positive For COVID-19

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Poker Pro David 'Doc' Sands Tests Positive For COVID-19
08:54
24 Mar

David ‘Doc’ Sands has become the first well-known poker player to contract the COVID-19 disease, the 35-year old Montana-born pro taking to Twitter to share his experience…


The married father-of-two goes on to explain he had “no pre-existing conditions” and added:

“I don't smoke, rarely drink and workout 4x/week during normal times.”

His symptoms started, Sands says, with fatigue and what became “one of the worst headaches I've ever had”, although he wasn’t worried about the coronavirus at that point.

“I didn't have a fever or shortness of breath, which in addition to a cough are the two primary symptoms according to the CDC website.”

When things didn’t clear up, he contacted his concierge doctor, who “administered the test from my car at his office” and two days later, on Sunday, his doctor confirmed it was COVID-19.


The respiratory disease caused by the novel coronavirus has claimed more than 15,000 lives worldwide, although some 100,000 of the 350,000+ confirmed cases have since recovered.

Las Vegas-resident Sands, now in quarantine with his family who will also be tested, stated of his experience:

“I recognize that the virus will impact people in higher-risk demographics more severely than it impacted me." He added, however, “…from a global standpoint, it's encouraging to know that the symptoms should be mild for most healthy adults.”

So far, there have been more than 35,000 confirmed cases and 458 deaths in the USA.

David ‘Doc’ Sands, who received get well wishes from a number of high-profile pros such as Erik Seidel, Daniel Negreanu and Phil Hellmuth, has more than $10million in tournament earnings across both live and online poker.


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Andrew from Edinburgh, Scotland, is a professional journalist, international-titled chess master, and avid poker player.Read more

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