As the COVID-19 pandemic nears its third year, many have ditched their masks and are up to date on vaccines. But the virus has been doing the rounds again in recent weeks, targeting musicians like former Beatle Ringo Starr and singer-songwriter Regina Spektor.
Earlier this month, after catching the virus, Starr, 82, had to cancel some dates of his North American tour. But on Monday, the legendary drummer announced his recovery in an Instagram post, which included a photo of him smiling while giving a peace sign.
“Down the road, I’ll see you again in Seattle on Tuesday the 11th Wednesday in Portland. I’m negative peace and love everyone, thanks for waiting. Ringo,” the famed musician wrote, along with a series of emojis indicating peace and love.
Grammy-nominated musician Spektor wrote on Instagram on Tuesday that she had effectively avoided COVID-19 for more than 2½ years, but is currently ill with a “bad case.”
Spektor apologized to fans who had planned to see her on her 2022 tour, which had 10 shows remaining.
“I went from feeling bad to worse, to terrible. I lost my voice. I’m a little delirious from the fever,” she wrote in part.
“I’ve been struggling a lot lately, and all your love has helped me a lot,” Spektor continued. “I hope mine gets to you, too. For now, I’ll have to sing you past recordings, and we’ll reschedule shows until theaters can pick me up.”
Other celebrities have also contracted the virus in recent weeks. funny girl Star Lea Michele missed several performances after falling ill in September. And in August, Blink-182 drummer Travis Barker wrote on Instagram, “Covid sucks. Prefer to play drums.”
It’s hard to predict whether another wave will occur, but the country appears to be in good shape overall, according to Dr. Rodney E. Rohde, professor and director of the clinical laboratory science program at Texas State University. hey said Pleasemynews that he hopes to see a calm COVID-19 season over the coming fall and winter months.
It’s possible a wave of cases will hit if a new variant emerges, he said. But he pointed to the high number of vaccinations against COVID-19, also noting those who were infected but survived.
“We’re just in a much better place than we were a year or two ago because of all this immunity,” said Rohde, who is also an associate assistant professor at Austin Community College.
Rohde added that even today the COVID-19 vaccine is subject to politicization by some proponents. Still, he points out that the jab can prevent serious illness and death.
“It’s just a shame, you know, people are using it again [as] a kind of political weapon, when it really shouldn’t be,” Rohde said. “Vaccines save lives, plain and simple – just like clean water, antibiotics and chemotherapy – but people still want to turn that into something it’s not.
Pleasemynews has reached out to representatives for Starr and Spektor for comment.