Radiohead guitarist Ed O’Brien has provided fans with an update after revealing last week claiming that he had fallen ill with coronavirus symptoms.
Taking to social media, the guitarist posted a video message on Instagram to put fans minds at rest: “Hello everybody. I just want to say I’m better,” he said. “Thank you to everybody who sent such love and lovely messages. I’m really fine now. I had it for about two weeks.” O’Brien then noted, “I didn’t get tested but I’m pretty certain it was it [coronavirus].”
He added: “I just want to send love and strength to all of you that are going through it at the moment, love and strength to our NHS, our amazing NHS and all our health workers and everybody who’s been amazing.”
Last week, he revealed his condition in an interview Uproxx, saying, “I Googled it last night and that’s a classic symptom of the coronavirus. So, it’s like, okay, I’ve got it. For someone like myself, this is just a bad dose of the flu. I’m not in any way in danger. I basically sat outside all day because the weather is glorious. It’s the first sunshine we’ve had this spring. It’s not a bad place to be.”
The ongoing pandemic of coronavirus disease was first officially identified in December 2019 in Wuhan, the capital of Hubei in China. As of March 31st, more than 788,009 cases of COVID-19 have been officially confirmed but the actual number is thought to be much higher due to substantial under-reporting of cases.
With more than 37,856 people having died from the virus, COVID-19 has now spread into more than 180 other countries—including mainland Europe, South America and many more. Given the exponential growth in cases in countries like Italy, Spain, Germany, France and the UK, the WHO stated that Europe became the epicentre of the pandemic after the strict lockdown in China saw reduced numbers. Now, however, as the virus continues to spread aggressively across The United States—who have more confirmed cases than any other country—the epicentre of coronavirus is expected to be officially changed to North America.