Apache 51 Posted September 12, 2019 Share Posted September 12, 2019 Jets’ Sam Darnold out with mono: What is mononucleosis? How long does it usually last? Updated 11:44 AM; Today 10:59 AM By Brian Fonseca | NJ Advance Media for NJ.com Jets starting quarterback Sam Darnold is out indefinitely with mononucleosis, head coach Adam Gase announced on Monday. Yes, you read that right. Mono, sometimes referred to as the kissing disease, is an infectious illness that is spread through bodily fluids, according to WebMD. It is caused by the Epstein-Barr virus, which is transmitted through saliva. While kissing is a common way to contract it, mono can also be “exposed through a cough or sneeze, or by sharing a glass or food utensils with someone who has mono,” per MayoClinic. How long can Darnold be affected by this? Well, it depends. According to WebMD, “most people who get mono feel better in about 2 to 4 weeks,” but that isn’t always the case. Sometimes, “the fatigue can last for several weeks after that. In some cases, it can take 6 months or longer for the symptoms to go away,” according to WebMD. Gase mentioned the bye week in Week 4 during his Thursday press conference, suggesting the Jets don’t expect him back until at least Week 5 when they vist the Philadelphia Eagles. That fits within the timeline of the illness. Even when Darnold gets in good enough health to get back on the football field, he might still be feeling the side effects of the illness. Some of the symptoms include “a fever, fatigue, sore throat, swollen lymph nodes, or other symptoms, like sore muscles and a loss of appetite.” The latter explains why Darnold lost as much as 5 pounds this week, according to Gase. It will take some time for Darnold to recover that weight. There are other less common complications associated with mono, according to MayoClinic, including but not limited to; enlargement of the spleen, liver inflammation, jaundice, anemia, heart problems, nervous system complications and swollen tonsils. How much mono affects Darnold longterm will be seen later in the season. For now, one thing is certain — he shouldn’t share a meal with any of his teammates any time soon. Quote Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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