Tool’s Maynard James Keenan opens up about recovering from second round of COVID-19

After revealing in October that he had contracted it for a first time early in 2020

Tool’s Maynard James Keenan has opened up about his second bout of COVID-19, which he contracted late last year.

Back in October, the band’s frontman had revealed that he was still suffering from lung damage after testing positive for COVID-19 in February of 2020 while touring with Tool. Now, in a new interview with Apple Music’s Strombo, Keenan has revealed that he contracted coronavirus for a second time late last year.

According to the interview, Keenan contracted COVID-19 in mid-November, “ending up in the ER on December 1st.”

“Ugly, ugly. Couldn’t breathe,” Keenan explained. “I could barely put two words together without going into a coughing fit, 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,” Keenan continued. “There’s nothing you can do other than treat the symptom, so for a real cough medicine – not the crap over-the-counter [medicine] – and then like an inhaler and some antibiotics to fight the pneumonia, and strap the fuck in.”