READING, Pa. – For pro-boxer Travis Kauffman, the past few weeks involved recovering from surgery and training for his next bout.
"I was just about to make my comeback into the ring April 11 in Minnesota," Kauffman said.
Then, the fight became a victim of the coronavirus pandemic, and now, so has Kauffman.
"It's scary and more so," Kauffman said. "I didn't think it was that scary, but today, I found out the results I was positive and I got tested on Sunday."
The diagnosis shows the virus can impact anyone, with varying degrees of symptoms, including a professional athlete in his 30s.
"Viruses come out all the time," Kauffman said. "Not that I didn't take it seriously, but I didn't think it spread as quickly as it did."
Kauffman, a father of four, said his symptoms are lessening and he plans to remain quarantined. He didn't seem as much concerned for himself, but those who have been in his corner, including his parents.
"Whether or not I caught it, whether or not my wife caught it," said his father, Marshall Kauffman. "Us being older and me having a heart condition, prior heart conditions was a concern for him."
His parents are isolating and his kids are in the care of their mother.
"Today, when he said it, I was taken aback by it," the elder Kauffman said. "When he said the test came back positive, because when it hits home, it's even a little scarier."
So now, as it hits home, that's also where Travis Kauffman will keep himself, under quarantine, for at least two weeks or more, to be completely cleared of the symptoms.
"What I do is, I stay inside and read the word all the time," he said. "So that's what I'm doing. So my best advice to everyone is just stay inside."