Wreckless Eric has tested positive for COVID-19
20.04.2020

Wreckless Eric has tested positive for COVID-19

Photo by Joe Mabel via Wikimedia Commons
Words by Kate Streader

He describes coming to terms with the diagnosis in vivid detail.

Eric Goulden, better known as Wreckless Eric, has tested positive for COVID-19. The English musician revealed his diagnosis in a blog post yesterday.

“I haven’t actually been very well in the past three or four weeks – chest and rib pains, cough, low level fever, intermittent headaches – 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, death’s door, sick to the point of dying, ready to be hospitalised,” wrote Goulden.

It wasn’t until his wife, Amy, discovered a nearby testing site at a university campus that Goulden was tested for COVID-19. The blog post goes on to describe the process of being tested, involving soldiers, full hazmat suits and some probing “around somewhere where my sinuses meet my brain”.

“Basically they shove a big Q tip rather a long way up your nose and waggle it about quite a lot,” he wrote.

While his wife was given the all-clear, Goulden’s results showed the 65-year-old musician had tested positive for coronavirus.

“I’ve got it. I felt deeply disturbed when I got the news and quite emotional,” he said. 

“If I’m honest about this I’m vaguely/acutely worried in the back of my mind that I might suddenly go downhill and die, but I find getting older is a business of constantly facing up to one’s own mortality. A growing list of friends that are no longer with us appears to be developing and it’s becoming clear to me that one day I’ll be on it.”

Read the full blog post here

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