In a recent interview with GQ Magazine, Black Sabbath’s legendary frontman Ozzy Osbourne discussed his current health issues and revealed the steps he follows to ensure that he survives the pandemic that has affected the whole world.
As you may recall, Ozzy Osbourne’s health took a hit in the past years and he suffered multiple health issues including a neck surgery, a fall, and hospitalization for the flu. All these health conditions were already making Ozzy’s life hard enough until the break of the pandemic.
In his recent interview, Ozzy discussed his current health issues and revealed that he also has emphysema which is a respiratory disease that positions him in the vulnerable and risk group against COVID-19.
Here’s what Ozzy said about his respiratory issue:
“I’ve got emphysema, so if I get this virus, I’m fucked“
Ozzy acknowledged that he is vulnerable against the virus which then raised the question of how he shields himself from the virus. Ozzy said that he always wears a mask when he’s going out but as he doesn’t like wearing a mask, he rarely steps out of his house.
He then went on to talk about the people who have been infected by COVID-19 around him and how their experiences increased his fear of the virus. His producer, Andrew Watt, who got the virus had an awful time and couldn’t go to sleep because he would immediately stop breathing.
On the other hand, his two granddaughters who also caught the virus experienced it with mild symptoms. This for Ozzy was a clear sign of how age and health issues affect the severity of the virus.
Here’s what Ozzy said about the measures he’s taking to shield himself from the virus:
“If I go out, I wear a mask, but I don’t like wearing a mask, so I don’t go out much. The producer on my album [Andrew Watt] got the virus. I’d phone him up every day and he said he couldn’t sleep because as soon as he went to sleep, he’d stop breathing. He’s not the same person now…
It’s like anyone who’s had a near-death experience: he’s become a bit careful with life. But my two granddaughters caught it and you wouldn’t think they had anything wrong with them. It just bounced off them.”
As you may recall, at the beginning of 2020 Ozzy broke his silence considering his Parkinson’s disease. It has been proven that the people who have been infected with COVID-19 may later develop Parkinson’s disease.
Even though Parkinson’s does not increase the risk of contracting the virus, it does make it harder for patients to recover because Parkinson’s patients have slight differences in their immune systems.
In another interview, when asked about whether he would get vaccinated with the new COVID-19 vaccine, Ozzy had responded with a hard no as he stated that the side effects are still unknown and that he doesn’t feel comfortable risking himself.
Here’s what Ozzy said about the COVID-19 vaccine during an interview on Rock Classics Radio on Apple Music Hits:
“To be honest with you, I don’t think it’s gonna get ship-shape until the end of next year. I think this winter is gonna be fucking bad because you’re gonna have the flu. People are, ‘I’m not taking the flu shot.’ You know what?
You can give me anything, but I’m not gonna be number one on that fucking new vaccine. I don’t want to be the first one to wake up with a set of fucking antlers in the morning.”
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