The music world has been on high alert as concerts across the world have been canceled over coronavirus concerns. Now, one Tool fan has confirmed he was diagnosed with the virus less than a week after attending one of the band’s New Zealand gigs.
According to authorities, a man in his ’30s attended the Tool show at Spark Arena in Auckland, New Zealand on Friday, Feb. 28. Just prior to this, he had traveled to northern Italy with his female partner where there have been at least 1,694 confirmed coronavirus cases and 34 deaths across the country.
His partner was confirmed to have the coronavirus at some point this week, and the man stated Thursday that he’s also infected, according to the Guardian. It’s unclear when the man caught the virus. However, the incubation period—or the period of time between catching the virus and showing symptoms—for COVID-19 ranges 1-14 days. The World Health Organization reports most of those who have been affected start showing symptoms in five days.
Out in support of their first album in 13 years Fear Inoculum, Tool kicked off an Australia and New Zealand tour in mid-February. The two-night gig marked their return to Auckland for the first time since Big Day Out in 2011. The diagnosed fan attended the first evening Tool played Spark Arena, which holds 12,000 people. He was in the front left-hand corner of the general admission section and is now is the fourth person to be diagnosed in New Zealand.
Director-General of Health Ashley Bloomfield confirmed he has been in self-isolation since Wednesday, according to The New Zealand Herald. Bloomfield also stated casual contact at the show could be in the hundreds.
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“We encourage all people in the area of the concert to be aware of the symptoms and contact the Healthline if concerned,” Bloomfield told the outlet. “The advice is that the risk is very low for all others who attended this concert.”
“There was no way of tracking the people who were in that area of the concert, they are classed as causal contacts and the advise to them is to call Healthline if they have any symptoms,” Bloomfield continued. “The people we are focused on tracking down the close contacts and health officials have been in touch with all those people.”
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Since then, Avril Lavigne, Set It Off, YUNGBLUD and Slipknot have also canceled their tours to Asia. Miami’s Ultra Music Festival postponed to 2021, and a petition to cancel this month’s Austin-based SXSW continues to garner signatures as corporate sponsors and artists such as Ozzy Osbourne and Trent Reznor cancel appearances.
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Currently, there isn’t a vaccine to prevent COVID-19, but the Center For Disease Control has shared some preventive measures. These include staying home when you’re sick and avoiding close contact with others who are ill. Avoid touching your eyes, nose and mouth, and cover your cough or sneeze with a tissue and discard immediately.
You can get more information on the coronavirus on the CDC’s website here.