Ex-Mets manager Art Howe batting coronavirus in ICU: ‘Total fatigue’

Art Howe is in the ICU with coronavirus, the former Mets manager told KPRC 2 in Houston on Thursday.

Howe provided a detailed description of how he was doing, telling the station he felt the first symptoms of the virus on May 3 when he experienced chills that made his body shake “like a leaf.”

Howe, 73, said he got tested for COVID-19 and two days later learned he had the virus and went into isolation. Howe said his condition got worse as he began feeling “total fatigue” and that he lost his sense of smell, two common symptoms of the virus.

“Never experienced anything like it before,” said Howe, who had a 136-186 record while managing the Mets during the 2003 and 2004 seasons.

Howe said he remained in isolation but “wasn’t feeling much better at all,” and was taken to the hospital via ambulance on Tuesday. He remained in the ICU as of Thursday night.

Howe said his health is improving, but not quickly. He noted he has to go 24 hours without a fever to be released and that has not happened yet.

Howe said he hasn’t had a desire to eat because he’s still experiencing a loss of taste.

“That’s the thing. My tastebuds still aren’t there,” he said. “I know I should eat but nothing at all makes you want to eat.”

Howe, who played for the Astros from 1976-1982, managed Houston from 1989-1993. He also managed the Oakland A’s for seven seasons, leading them to the playoffs for three consecutive seasons (2000-2002). He compiled a 1,129-1,137 mark during his 14 seasons as a big-league skipper.

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