Atlanta Anchor Talks About His Experience With Coronavirus

By Stephanie Tsoflias Siegel 

WGCL anchor Rick Folbaum was diagnosed with and has recovered from COVID-19.

In a video interview with reporter Tracye Hutchins, Folbaum explained what happened.

On March 20, he went to work to anchor the evening news shows. During one of the early shows, Folbaum said he felt like he was coming down with something, even though he’d felt fine earlier that morning.


“I thought to myself I need to go home as soon as possible, which is exactly what I did,” the Atlanta anchor said in the interview.

Folbaum said his doctor told him to go to sleep and see how he felt in the morning. He didn’t feel better and eventually went for a test, which came back positive for coronavirus.

“It knocked me out. I slept for the next four or five days,” Folbaum said. He also didn’t have any other COVID-19 symptoms, including a sore throat, body aches, lack of appetite or a loss of his senses of smell and taste.

The anchor recently traveled to Vail, Colo., and thinks he might have contracted the virus during his visit.

Doctors have cleared Folbaum to come back to work, and tonight he will anchor his first shows since getting sick.