‘We thought we were safe’: Queen’s Brian May has Covid-19

Dec 20, 2021
Brian May has revealed his Covid-19 diagnosis to fans. Source: Getty Images.

Brian May, the 74-year-old guitar genius behind supergroup Queen, has revealed overnight that he has tested positive to Covid-19 while urging fans to get vaccinated.

In a video message posted to his Instagram page, May revealed that he and his actress wife, Anita Dobson, had been “incredibly careful” throughout the course of the pandemic but took a risk by going to a friend’s birthday lunch earlier in the month where the pair were exposed.

“It seemed like you were in a safe situation. You have your negative tests. What could possibly go wrong? We thought were in a safe bubble so we didn’t wear masks,” he said.

May and Dobson tested positive using the rapid antigen tests on Tuesday evening, after learning that eight other guests had also contracted the virus.


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May described the “two horrendous days” that followed as the virus took hold.

“Like the worst flu you can imagine, really,” he said.

Despite the severity of his condition, May believes he would have been much worse off had he not received his vaccination and booster shot.

“I can’t emphasise to you enough, this is not the response that my body would have made on its own. It’s making this response because I’ve had three Pfizer jabs,” he said.

“And I beg you, and implore you, to go and get jabbed if you’re not already. Because you need the help.

“I lost one of my very best friends to Covid very early on. In six days it killed him. It could have done me, the last six days, but it didn’t because of the jabs.”

Covid-19 cases have soared across the UK with the record number being driven by the latest Omicron variant.

In a recent press conference, England’s chief medical officer Professor Chris Whitty cautioned the public about attending gatherings and warned records “will be broken a lot over the next few weeks” regarding Covid-19 case numbers.

“I think what most people are doing – and I think this seems very sensible – is prioritising the social interactions that mean a lot to them and, to prioritise those ones, de-prioritising ones that mean much less to them,” he said.

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