Guitarist Ed O’ Brien of Radiohead suspects he’s caught the coronavirus

The guitarist reports that he’s in “Good Spirits and Getting Better”

Ed O’ Brien of Radiohead has made a statement over social media to announce that he has most likely caught coronavirus. The guitarist says that he has been experiencing “flu-like symptoms for a number of days now,” and that “it is most probably the coronavirus”.

He also admits that he has put off being tested, asserting that testing kits are short in supply and “are more important and valuable for the vulnerable in our community”.

Despite this, the guitarist has said that he remains “in high spirits”, and that he is “expecting a full recovery and am of course self-isolating”. Read his full statement here:

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Sending love and strength EDX

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According to a phone interview with Uproxx, O’Brien was recently engaged in a series of Worldwide trips to promote his debut solo album, Earth. He made stops in cities like New York, Toronto, Chicago, Los Angeles, Mexico City, Sydney and Paris, where he suspects he caught the virus. Currently self-quarantined away from family, he remarks: 

“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.”

Fellow Radiohead bandmate Thom Yorke has also been affected by the coronavirus outbreak, postponing the first leg of his Tomorrow’s Modern Boxes 2020 tour.

O’ Brien’s debut solo record, Earth, will be released under the name EOB on 17 April. For now, a supporting tour is still set to kick off on 26 May in Minneapolis. The record will also feature the previously released song, Brasil, which you can listen to here:

Keep updated with coronavirus-related event cancellation/postponements here.

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