Paris, 2021-12-21 12:24:00. Brian May tests positive for COVID-19, urges fans to get vaccinated
Rock icon Brian May urged the public to get a COVID-19 vaccine, after telling fans on Instagram he was going through a “really awful” time since he tested positive for the virus last week.
In a series of posts and videos on Instagram, the 74-year-old has been documenting how he has been affected by the coronavirus in the past few days.
Taking to Instagram this weekend, May said he and his wife, Anita Dobson, recently made the decision to go to a birthday lunch with some friends.
He told his followers that lunch seemed like a “safe situation,” as he took a lateral flow test that morning and he and Dobson were vaccinated. But he added that with the Omicron variant spreading across the UK at a rapid rate, the couple were taking the risk of attending a party.
Queen’s guitarist then delivered a direct message to “the few of you who haven’t been infected with this” – referring to having the virus – about how he has been feeling since he tested positive for the virus. He described a few days as “horrific” and said it was like having “the worst flu you can imagine”.
May said he almost used Instagram when he felt at his worst to show followers how “pathetic” he looked and felt, but was worried it would “scare people”. He told fans that, for a while, he “couldn’t get out of bed” and was “full” of flu symptoms.
Towards the end of the video, May turned his attention directly to the unvaccinated and said: “There are a lot of people in hospitals now who haven’t been stabbed and are on the line between life and death.” He added that he did not think he would have recovered as well as he had not received three strikes.
“I beg and ask you to go and be stabbed,” the musician told the fans.
British Prime Minister Boris Johnson said on Monday that the UK was seeing “a spike in omicron cases across the country” with “hospitalizations rising very sharply in London”.
The UK reported the second highest number of daily COVID-19 cases since the start of the pandemic on Monday, at 91,743.
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