Radiohead guitarist Ed O’Brien has confirmed that he contracted coronavirus.
O’Brien, who has been busy recording, releasing and touring his debut solo album, explained that he has been unwell for 10 days with flu symptoms and, most recently, lost his ability to taste and smell: “I Googled it last night and that’s a classic symptom of the coronavirus,” he explained in a new interview with Steven Hyden of Uproxx. “So, it’s like, okay, I’ve got it.”
O’Brien added: “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 Radiohead man also insisted that he hasn’t been officially tested for the virus “because you can’t get tested here, unless you’re elderly.”
The ongoing pandemic of coronavirus disease was first officially identified in December 2019 in Wuhan, the capital of Hubei in China. As of March 23rd, more than 342,410 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 14,762 people having died from the virus, COVID-19 has now spread into more than 180 other countries—including mainland Europe, South America and North America. Given the exponential growth in cases in countries like Italy and Spain, the WHO have now stated that Europe was the current centre of the pandemic.
O’Brien is the latest in a string of high-profile names to have confirmed their illness, following the likes of Idris Elba, Tom Hanks and his wife Rita, James Bond actress Olga Kurylenko and more.