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Tool, Etc. Frontman Maynard James Keenan Reveals He Contracted COVID-19 For A Second Time Last Fall


Tool, A Perfect Circle and Puscifer frontman Maynard James Keenan has revealed that he once again contracted COVID-19 towards the end of 2020. Keenan previously contracted the disease in February of 2020 while touring with Tool and continued to experience symptoms months afterwards, including issues with inflammation and lung damage that persisted some eight months afterwards.

His lingering symptoms were debilitating enough that he was later prescribed the chemotherapy agent/immune system suppressant Methotrexate to help alleviate them. Now in a new appearance on Apple Music‘s ‘Strombo‘ show that aired today, February 03rd, Keenan has revealed that he wound up contracting the disease for a second time in mid-November. He said the experience saw him admitted to ER, saying of his second battle:

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“Ugly, ugly. Couldn’t breathe. 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?’ I’m like, ‘Well, I need to breathe and I need to sleep.’ So, you’re just treating symptoms at that point. There’s nothing you can do other than treat the symptom, so for a real cough medicine, not the crap over-the-counter and then like an inhaler, and some antibiotics to fight the pneumonia and strap the fuck in.”


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