Legendary new wave singer Wreckless Eric has confirmed the news that he has tested positive for coronavirus.
The 65-year-old musician took to social media to explain his recent ill-health and how, in turn, he was admitted to A&E in order to be tested: “I haven’t actually been very well in the past three or four weeks—chest and rib pains, cough, low level fever, intermittant headaches,” Eric wrote in a blog post. “I was pretty sure it must be the virus though I was told the only way I could get confirmation of this was by presenting myself at the emergency room.”
The singer-songwriter also confirmed he was tested in Albany, New York, along with his wife Amy Rigby who, thankfully, tested negative for the virus. “We’d go for walks and the slightest incline would have me out of breath and clinging on to the nearest tree or telegraph pole for support,” Eric contined. “Sometimes all I’ve felt capable of is lying prone on the sofa waiting until it’s time to go back to bed.”
Discussing the process of being tested, the musician wrote: “They shove a big Q tip rather a long way up your nose and waggle it about quite a lot” and commended the medical professionals and health workers he came into contact with: “We were both moved to tears at the great job alll these people are doing,” he said.
“I think I’m going to be ok. I’m more concerned about people who haven’t got anybody, people who are going through this alone. I wish there was something I could do to help but right now all I can do is work on getting better.”
Read his full statement here.