Tool’s Maynard James Keenan Suffering With “Lung Damage” After COVID-19 Battle

Tool’s Maynard James Keenan has shared that he is still suffering with lung damage and “dealing with the residual effects” of having COVID-19.  Keenan contracting coronavirus back in late February.

In a new interview, Keenan explains that he went through “some major medications” to recover from coronavirus, though the effects are clearly lasting. To make matters worse, Maynard says he “lost a few family members” to COVID-19, while “several” of his friends got it, too.  Added Keenan, “I kind of didn’t want to run around screaming it. 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.” When asked if he is feeling all right now, Maynard admitted, “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.”

Tool’s Maynard James Keenan Opens Up About Coronavirus Battle & After-Effects: ‘I Survived It, But It Wasn’t Pretty’


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