Tool frontman Maynard James Keenan suffers from lung damage after contracting COVID-19

He contracted COVID-19 back in February

In a new interview, Tool and Puscifer frontman Maynard James Keenan has revealed that he contracted COVID-19 back in February, and he’s still “dealing with the residual side effects,” including lung damage.

Keenan got COVID-19 back in late February before it was officially declared a pandemic. “I kind of didn’t want to run around screaming it,” Keenan explains to AZ Central. “But it’s real. And there’s after-effects. I had to go through some major medications to undo the residual effects. Still coughing. There’s still lung damage.”

In the interview, Keenan was asked if he was feeling alright now, to which he responded, “Well no. I still have the cough. Every other day, I have these coughing fits because my lungs are still damaged at the tips. And I just got over the inflammation that was going on with my wrist and hands. I had an autoimmune attack on my system in the form of, like, a rheumatoid arthritis.”

Keenan then went on to discuss the political polarization of wearing a mask “ridiculous.” “It’s just an absurdity,” Keenan continues. “We wear seatbelts. We don’t smoke in trains, planes or taxis anymore, or even restaurants. There’s reasons for those things. I don’t know. I feel like there’s this twist on the idea of personal freedom where somehow freedom is you being able to walk into anybody’s house and take a dump on their meal or shoot ugly things at their grandma. That’s not what freedom is.”

Puscifer is set to release their forthcoming album Existential Reckoning on October 30th.