Brian May is known for being the guitarist of his co-founded rock band Queen. The 74-year-old guitarist gained international fame as a member of his band. During his career with Queen, Brian released 15 studio albums, while releasing two solo studio albums during his solo career.
On Saturday (December 18), Brian May had announced via social media that he tested positive for COVID-19. Brian, who reported that he has always been taking care of himself and had been vaccinated three times, had written in his message that that positive result finally came to him.
However, recently, the legendary guitarist has officially spoken out about his COVID battle to share details about his fans. At first, Brian revealed how they got caught the virus. According to him, they got caught the virus from a birthday lunch they attended on Saturday.
“[My wife Anita and I] been incredibly careful and really not going anywhere,” he said. “We’ve been very hermit-like in a way for the past — what is it? — 20 months or so.
“And then last Saturday, we decided we would go to a birthday lunch. And we thought, ‘Ah, this is the last social function we will go to — not that we go to many anyway. We’ll chance it. Everybody’s triple-jabbed.
“Everybody’s gonna be with one of these things which says you’re negative on the morning — a lateral flow test. So it seemed to be set up very safely. But, of course, you kind of know you’re taking a risk…
“It seemed like a safe situation. You have your negative tests and you’re triple-jabbed. So what could possibly go wrong? We thought we were in a kind of safe bubble, so we didn’t wear masks. Not so. So it’s worth knowing that.
“Now, if it had been a board meeting where everybody’s sitting [a few feet] apart, maybe that wouldn’t have been the case, but the new strain, the new variant seems to be so incredibly transmissible, I’m not even sure that would be safe; this thing is spreading at such an alarming rate.”
Brian May Says He Was Pathetic In The Early Days
“We were both poorly. Me particularly, I was pathetic”
Brian May then revealed the process of their illness. After the day that birthday lunch happened, on Sunday, Brian‘s wife Anita felt a cough. Starting to feel some symptoms of COVID on Monday, Brian and his wife Anita had heard on Tuesday that a few people from the party had already been tested positive.
“Saturday was when the party happened,” he continues. “Sunday, Anita felt a little bit of a cough. I felt kind of all right — maybe a little [sniffly].
“Monday, we both started to have some kind of symptoms. And we thought maybe we got some flu or whatever. We were testing the whole time and we were testing negative.
“And Tuesday, I hear that I think eight people from the party had already tested positive and had the COVID in their systems. And I realized that they had been testing positive up to this point as well. So Tuesday night we tested ourselves once more and we were both positive. So it took that long — Saturday night to Tuesday — for the test to show anything.
“But I would guess we were infective all along that time. So, unfortunately, the test doesn’t give you immunity from spreading it.
“Luckily, we pretty much kept away from everybody ’cause we had a bit of a feeling. So hopefully we didn’t infect anybody else, although I’m not sure. We’re now quarantining.”
Later, Brian has shared his honest feelings about COVID. According to him, “it’s like the worst flu you can imagine, really. And I felt very despondent. But, yeah, we were both poorly.”
Concluding, May admitted that he felt pathetic in the early days of the disease. But luckily, he added that he feels very healthy these days.
“Me particularly, I was pathetic, I didn’t wanna talk to anyone, didn’t wanna see anyone, couldn’t get out of bed,” Brian added. “I was just filled with a mess in my head and all the flu symptoms, a terrible cough.
“Now, Saturday — this is day seven — and I feel pretty good. I felt pretty good the last couple of days. So this thing does go away.”