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TOOL's Maynard James Keenan Recovering From Second Case of COVID-19

"Ugly, ugly. Couldn't breathe."

Tool vocalist Maynard James Keenan originally contracted COVID-19 in February 2020 and was still battling it in October. Unfortunately Keenan has revealed in an interview with Strombo on Apple Music Hits (via Billboard) that he contracted a second case of COVID-19 in November and was admitted to the ER in December.

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Keenan said the second case was much worse than the first and that he had a lot of trouble breathing.

"Ugly, ugly. Couldn't breathe," he said. "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 fuck in."

Here's hoping Keenan makes a full recovery, especially considering he's now had COVID-19 pretty bad twice. In an interview back in October, Keenan revealed he was still suffering from coughing fits regularly.

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When asked if he was feeling alright then, Maynard 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. Basically, from what I understand, it attacks weird spots and it's random. So that's what I got. That was my prize."

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