Original Trouble Vocalist Eric Wagner Hospitalized With COVID Pneumonia
The Skull, the band featuring 62-year-old original Trouble singer Eric Wagner, has released the following statement:
“More bad news….
“We will not be able to play Psycho Vegas this Thursday. Eric Wagner’s bout with Covid has gotten worse and he was admitted to the Hospital yesterday with COVID pneumonia.
“All the other members have tested Negative.
“Positive thoughts and words will be helpful.”
Dr. Rodrigo Hasbun, a professor of medicine in infectious diseases at UTHealth, recently explained COVID pneumonia to Texas’ ABC13:
“When you have a viral infection and it first sets in, in a sub group of patients, about 10% to 15% of the patients, you’ll develop a very large immune reaction to the virus, and that is what develops and causes the pneumonia.”
Asked about the severity of COVID pneumonia, Dr. Hasbun said:
“COVID pneumonia is really the start. They develop acute respiratory distress syndrome (ARDS), and then they get intubated and ventilated and those are the patients who usually die from COVID. With the new medications, we are seeing less of a mortality when we didn’t have all these medications.”
Dr. Hasbun went on to warn that “Patients with COVID pneumonia are the ones who are going to develop more complications due to COVID.” These can include “hematological complications, like clots or pulmonary embolism with COVID pneumonia, but also neurological abnormalities or even strokes with COVID pneumonia.”
COVID pneumonia is treated with steroids and antiviral medications.
Wagner’s hospitalization comes just as a myriad of artists have all been forced to postpone or outright cancel shows or entire tours after a member of the band or their crew tested positive for COVID. These incldues Korn, the Foo Fighters, Buckcherry, Limp Bizkit, Wolfgang Van Halen’s Mammoth WVH, Iron Maiden’s Bruce Dickinson, and Pop Evil.
MetalSucks wishes Wagner a speedy recovery.