As reported by Tone Deaf, Keenan confirmed that he contracted the virus while the band were touring Australia for the first time in seven years back in February.
“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,” Keenan said.
“We didn’t know that these are the things you’re looking for, like immediately…I had to get on an international flight the next morning, fly to New Zealand.”
“So we got there, I was, like, four days in the hotel, ’cause we have four days off before the shows,” he continued.
“So I was just drinking water, hot showers, taking care of myself, hot tea, just trying to get through it and it sucked. But you didn’t know yet how bad this thing could have been. If I’d have known how bad it could have been, I would have been freaking out.”
It’s important to note that, in February, no one in Australia really had an understanding of how serious the coronavirus would get (how blissfully unaware we were) and Keenan in this instance wasn’t just being ignorant.
Later on, Keenan also spoke about how he still feels the lingering impacts of the virus on his body.
“Whatever cough I got in New Zealand, like every other day, I’ll have a coughing fit for, you know, for 10 minutes, coughing up stuff, so I have lung damage from it still,” he said.
“I’m still feeling residual effects…”
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