TOOL’s Maynard James Keenan Had COVID-19 Twice


NEW YORK, NY – JUNE 04: Maynard Keenan of Tool performs onstage during the 2017 Governors Ball Music Festival – Day 3 at Randall’s Island on June 4, 2017 in New York City. (Photo by Steven Ferdman/Getty Images).


Once would be enough for most people. But Maynard James Keenan from Tool was unlucky enough to get COVID-19 twice in 2020. First in February, and again in late November/December where he ultimately ended up in the ER. “Ugly, ugly. Couldn’t breathe,” he said. “I could barely put two words together without going into a coughing fit that, you know? It ended up kind of also progressing into pneumonia. So, if I stayed in the hospital, they said, ‘Okay, we can keep you here, but you’re fighting 12 other people for a bed and a ventilator we don’t have, so what do you want to do?'”

He was still dealing with the after-effects from the February infection when he contracted the virus again in November. “It wasn’t pretty” he says. Doctors believe immunity can last for six or more months, but it’s hard to definitively say. Keenan says, “But we tend to be fairly arrogant. I knew what I went through and I know what I’m still going through, so I would recommend that you take this seriously, but I feel like that’s just going to fall on deaf ears. It’s just going to be a polarized, politicized statement, so it’s pointless. In that case, I’m just going to worry about keeping my family safe and keeping my friends safe.” Read the rull story from Blabbermouth here.

 

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