Maynard James Kennan is warning fans about the dangers of coronavirus after revealing his once unknown bout with COVID-19, and the residual lung damage he experiences to this day.
The Tool frontman described contracting the virus during an appearance on The Joe Rogan Experience podcast, last month. “So it was one of those, you know I’m in Australia. We went out to dinner… and immediately food didn’t taste right, but this is now, this is all hindsight, right I didn’t know at the time,” he told Rogan.
‘We didn’t know that these are the things you’re looking for, like immediately.”
Warning signs jumped out for Kennan during a flight to New Zealand to play a show. He began to have flu-like symptoms. That prompted a doctors visit. “I asked the doctor when I got to New Zealand ‘do you think this is COVID,'” Keenan said. “He’s like, ‘did you have a fever?’ I’m like I don’t remember if I had a fever, well then ‘you didn’t have COVID.’ Okay”
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Kennan says his symptoms continued to worsen after a doctor’s visit. He said his wrists began to hurt which lead him to believe it was not COVID-19. But as the pain persisted and flu-like symptoms continued, the panic began to set in. “This hurts I can’t f****** do this. I thought, well maybe I sprained my wrist, so months go by that they’re not healing, I’m going through harvest at this point and like nothing’s [changing], they’re not healing.”
Maynard later spoke with Consequence of Sound and advised fans to heed advice from public health experts when it comes to the coronavirus. “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,” he warned.
“I’m just going to worry about keeping my family safe and keeping my friends safe.”