During a recent interview with George Stroumboulopoulos, Maynard James Keenan, the founder and only permanent member of Puscifer, talked about his experience after contracting COVID-19 in mid-November and ending up in the ER on December 1, 2020.

Maynard James Keenan is one of the most active rockstars of all time and he founded the rock supergroup Puscifer in 1995. He has collaborated with over 10 musicians within the band but has remained the only permanent member. After a 5-year break, the supergroup released their highly anticipated ‘Existential Reckoning‘ album on Halloween 2020.

The album was well-received by fans who were surprised to see that the band had adopted a more serious tone in their new album, in comparison to their more whimsical and humorous attitude in previous albums. However, almost a month after that, Maynard James Keenan went through a difficult experience.

In mid-November, he tested positive for COVID-19, and his health condition deteriorating as time progressed. Ultimately, on December 1, he found himself in the ER. During his recent interview, he talked about how his sickness progressed to pneumonia and how difficult the conditions were at the hospital.

Here’s what Maynard James Keenan said about his COVID-19 experience in the interview:

“Ugly, ugly. Couldn’t breathe. 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.”

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