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KFAN's Paul Allen recounts 'harrowing' fatigue from COVID-19

Paul Allen said he experienced extreme fatigue after testing positive.

KFAN broadcaster Paul Allen was sidelined for the majority of last week after testing positive for COVID-19, which he described as a "harrowing" experience.

"I got COVID clipped," Allen said on Friday while working on his Nine-to-Noon show remotely from his home. 

The longtime radio man and announcer for the Minnesota Vikings and Canterbury Park said he had an exposure to someone who tested positive, so he and KFAN management decided it was best that he take Monday, Mar. 1 off as a precaution. 

That morning, when he said he was feeling 100% healthy, he got tested at TCO Performance Center in Eagan. He tested positive and was soon experiencing extreme fatigue. 

"Later on Monday I was wiped out with fatigue, most of Monday and Tuesday, bounced back Wednesday," Allen explained. "It was just harrowing. It was daunting. I was just completely wiped out."

Allen, better known as "PA," said his symptoms were "basically completely gone" by midday Wednesday, adding that he didn't develop any respiratory symptoms or a serious cough. 

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"But I'm not kidding you. For those who have had COVID and they know this fatigue of which I'm speaking, it's nothing like I've ever felt in my life," Allen said. 

"And that would include calling some Vikings games where Spergon Wynn was involved," he joked.

"Be smart, man. That thing was no joke," Allen concluded.  

Allen says he's now 100% healthy, though he's not back on the air at KFAN due to others around him battling COVID-19. 

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