BeBe Winans is on the road to recovery after contracting COVID-19. But touching on how contagious the novel coronavirus is, the Gospel singer also revealed that his brother was hospitalized due to the virus, and his mother also was infected.
Winans opened up about his recent diagnosis on SiriusXM’s The Joe Madison Show, detailing that he likely caught the coronavirus while traveling to attend a funeral.
“Sometimes, for some reason, we as a people when we look in and we look at television and various things that’s going on around us, we somehow say, that can’t happen to me for some reason,” he explained. “I don’t know why, but sometimes we believe that, and even myself being cautious, when the outbreak started, I did just a little travel.”
“I was actually in New York and I was like, well, I’m going to Detroit because I had a friend pass and we were having a funeral and just that little travel, I caught it,” Winans added.
Soon after he returned home, Winans began to experience several symptoms associated with COVID-19.
“I just started coughing out of nowhere,” he said, “…and then the fatigue came on, and the chills, and [my] appetite went away.”
Despite having symptoms, Winans called his doctor. It was no use heading to the hospital because he said, “if you’re not in need of a respirator they won’t even take you.”
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Gospel Singer BeBe Winans Says He’s ‘Learned to Be More Grateful’ After Coronavirus Diagnosis
BeBe Winans is detailing his harrowing experience recovering from the novel coronavirus (COVID-19).
The gospel legend called into SiriusXM’s The Joe Madison Show Thursday, where he revealed he and several of his family members were diagnosed with the respiratory illness.
Winans shared that he contracted the virus from “just a little travel” after taking a quick trip from New York to Detroit for a funeral. However, he admitted that he didn’t think he would be one to catch it.
“We look at television and various things that’s going on around us, we somehow say, that can’t happen to me for some reason. I don’t know why, but sometimes we believe that,” he said.
The 57-year-old said he began to feel symptoms of the virus shortly after coming home.
“I just started coughing out of nowhere and you get concerned. Then the fatigue came on and the chills and appetite went away. And I called my doctor and he said, ‘Okay BeBe, stay home and this is what you do. As you know, you can’t just go to the hospital, and if you’re not in need of a respirator they won’t even take you,’” he explained.
At the same time Winans was battling the virus, his brother had also gone into the hospital with a fever and pneumonia for “four or five days.”
The Grammy-winner’s mother also experienced symptoms for about five days.
Since recovering from the virus, Winans said he is “just grateful” and has been thanking God “because it could have been a different outcome for me and my family.”
“So, I’ve learned to be more grateful for life itself,” he explained. “Forget about homes and automobiles and all these things. You can’t take none of that. That means nothing to you when your health is gone.”
As of April 9, there are at least 429,264 confirmed cases and 14,820 deaths in the United States, according to a New York Times database.