Home Featured TOOL’s MAYNARD JAMES KEENAN Says He Contracted COVID-19 Again


TOOL frontman Maynard James Keenan recently revealed that he battled COVID-19 twice in just a matter of a few months.

The singer told “Strombo” on Apple Music Hits that he suffered a second COVID-19 infection in “mid-November and ended up in the ER on December 1.”

“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.”

Keenan previously discussed his first bout with coronavirus in October 2020, telling AZ Central that he suffered symptoms of the disease in February and was still recovering eight months later. “I’m still dealing with the residual effects,” he said at the time, “But it was ugly. I survived it, but it wasn’t pretty. So I definitely had to deal with that.”

A study from November found that immunity to the virus following infection could last for more than six months.

The CDC defines “reinfection” as a person getting infection, recovering and then later becoming infected again.