Queen’s guitarist Brian May urged his fans to remain vigilant because the highly-contagious Covid-19 omicron variant can ruin their holiday plans.
The 74-year-old musician also revealed in a series of Instagram posts beginning Saturday that he contracted the virus despite being vaccinated.
May on Saturday said he tested positive and received confirmation via, “The dreaded double red line.” He then urged caution: “PLEASE take extra care out there, good folks. This thing is incredibly transmissible. You really do NOT want it messing up YOUR Christmas.”
In a separate post Sunday, May shared how he is vaccinated with “three Pfizer jabs.”
In a post Wednesday, May speculated he was infected by the omicron strain of the virus.
“My deduction that it was Omicron is based on (1) the speed and pervasiveness of the spread of infection in that room … (2) the symptoms. I was badly congested, feverish and coughing for around two days, but I never lost my sense of taste or smell, and — much more importantly — never had difficulty with breathing in the lungs. So this new variant is a very different beast from the one which first put all our lives on hold nearly two years ago.”
May also said omicron is “completely out of control in the UK.”
The coronavirus poses the greatest risk to the unvaccinated, but the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has warned that the new strain is likely to lead to breakthrough infections in vaccinated people, too.
Although May questioned the effectiveness of vaccines preventing omicron, he said it's contributing to his protection. He also told his social media followers inoculation is "worth getting."
Officials last week called the variant “the most significant threat” to public health in the U.K.
Queen’s “Bohemian Rhapsody” in 2018 was deemed the most-streamed song of the 20th century, racking up more than 1.6 billion streams of the song and music video.
Streams were boosted by the 2018 biopic of the same name about lead singer Freddie Mercury.
The big-screen hit grossed more than $900 million worldwide, as of last month.
May, a founding member of the band, responded to the streaming milestone with a poetic musing.
“So the River of Rock Music has metamorphosed into streams! Very happy that our music is still flowing to the max!” he said.