Lately, many public figures have reported contracting COVID-19 despite being vaccinated against it. This is because the vaccine prevents the virus from making its recipients deathly ill, not from contracting it entirely; people can still spread COVID even if they’ve been vaccinated. Now, Slipknot frontman Corey Taylor has revealed that he, too, has tested positive for COVID, and it’s hitting him pretty hard.
The vocalist revealed his COVID diagnosis in a video announcing that he wouldn’t be attending pop culture convention Astronomicon, saying, “I wish I had better news. I woke up today and tested positive, and I’m very, very sick. So I’m not going to make it this weekend, and I’m absolutely devastated. I am so sorry. I hope everyone has a good time. I promise you I will absolutely try to get back there as soon as I can.
“I should be okay,” he added. “It’s just [like] the flu. I’m vaccinated, so I’m not worried. But I certainly wouldn’t want to spread it to anyone else. So, everybody be safe out there. And thank you so much. And I will see you again, I promise.”
Meanwhile, Taylor’s wife Alicia Dove has since posted and update to Twitter, saying, “Wanted to give you guys an update: Corey is doing well and thanks everyone for the sweet thoughts and messages. Ready to get him home as soon as it’s safe, so I can take care of him! He (very luckily) hasn’t lost his sense of taste or smell so I send him stupid amounts of snacks, hydration powders, and yummy desserts.”
Taylor has been a vehement pro-vaccine and pro-mask advocate since the COVID quarantine, most notably last August, when he called out fans who weren’t wearing masks in protest over the government mandate.
“Stop whining and put your goddamn mask on,” said Taylor in an interview. “This isn’t an isolated incident. My country’s loaded with these dumbasses that think it is some sort of political standpoint or some sort of partisan garbage. And I’m just like, ‘Are you serious?’ Just because you haven’t had anyone in your life affected by it doesn’t mean that it’s not a real thing.
“If you’re going to winge about wearing a mask in a produce store…I once had to wear an entire full head mask for eight hours while doing Slipknot press,” he continued. “Eight hours! Didn’t take it off, eight hours straight because we were doing nothing but press for one day. But these people are going to bitch and moan about wearing it for ten minutes at the market. Get over yourself.”
Everyone at The Pit wishes Taylor a speedy recovery.
Words by Chris Krovatin