New Order’s Bernard Sumner reveals COVID-19 diagnosis: “I was one of the lucky ones”

“I just felt extreme fatigue, like a really bad hangover.”

Bernard Sumner onstage

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New Order‘s Bernard Sumner has revealed that he is currently in recovery for COVID-19, which he caught last month.

“I’m just recovering from coronavirus actually,” the Joy Division co-founder revealed to The Current’s Morning Show. “Got it three weeks ago…”

Though the 64-year-old’s symptoms included “extreme fatigue like a really bad hangover” – he still felt fortunate that he “didn’t get it too bad”.

“I had a little bit of a temperature, but not much,” Sumner said. “I had it for four days, then it went away for four days, and then it came back for four days. When it came back, it was more severe, but still not too bad.”

Based in England – where a second wave led to another nationwide lockdown that began on 5 November – Sumner reflected on being one of “the lucky ones” to have survived the disease.

“I’ve heard horror stories over here about it. A couple people who know people who’ve died from it,” he said. “I’m very lucky. We got a real serious second wave here [in the UK]. But it seems like Russian roulette. Like, you can get light symptoms, like me, or it can kill you. It’s crazy.”

Watch the rest of Sumner’s interview below:

Sumner isn’t the only artist to have spoken publicly about beating the coronavirus. Last month, Tool frontman Maynard James Keenan came out as a coronavirus survivor, revealing that he suffered from coughing fits and lung damage as residual side effects of the deadly disease.

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