TOOL’s MAYNARD JAMES KEENAN Says He Contracted COVID-19 For Second Time

Maynard James Keenan

TOOL frontman Maynard James Keenan has revealed that he battled COVID-19 twice in the span of just a few months.

He told “Strombo” on Apple Music Hits that he suffered a second COVID-19 infection around “mid-November and ended up in the ER on December 1.”

Maynard revealed: “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 f*ck in.”

TOOL singer previously said that he suffered symptoms of the disease in February and was still recovering eight months later. “I’m still dealing with the residual effects,” he said at the time, “But it was ugly. I survived it, but it wasn’t pretty. So I definitely had to deal with that.”