Batushka guitarist has coronavirus; Gary Holt (Exodus/Slayer) “suffering from all symptoms”

Posted by on March 19, 2020


Our way of life has dramatically changed within the last few weeks. It feels surreal as it was just yesterday when we were talking about concerts to look forward to, and now, we’re wondering which show to watch next on YouTube. This outbreak has not only locked us inside, it has also made a huge impact on the economy. Meanwhile, COVID-19 cases are increasing at a rapid rate making us realize, no one is safe. Ozzy Osbourne’s producer Andrew Watt and Crown the Empire guitarist Brandon Hoover have been diagnosed with coronavirus. Sadly, more artists have been tested positive with COVID-19.


Metal Injection and Metal Sucks reports, Batushka guitarist Krzysztof Drabikowski was recently tested positive for coronavirus and have issued the following statement via social media:

“as several people need help to think:

– Wear a mask when going to the infectious hospital

– if you met me before my diagnosis in the last 2 weeks, use quarantine for your good and the good of others, if you have disturbing symptoms please call wherever possible

– despite the fact that sanepid sent me to call the hospital, the hospital sent me to 112 and 112 sent me to sanepid etc. I used quarantine

-the only contact I have had recently with my mother and siblings is the telephone one, so contact with them does not endanger you

– despite the trumpeting everywhere, that as if my immediate family is under the care of the sanitary and is being diagnosed, this is currently misleading, no one has appeared from yesterday to examine them.

– don’t stop washing”


In another post, Drabikowski shared a letter from his mother, who is also a doctor, with the following information:

“Dear Patients,

In connection with the confirmation of my son’s COVID-19 caused yesterday by the SARS-COV2 virus confirmed yesterday, I declare that I have not had any personal contact with him for 3 weeks. Since his son’s return from abroad (12.03), he and his family have been in quarantine at home and we only contacted by phone. Thanks to my vigilance and determination, Krzysztof had a test on 16.03, which unfortunately turned out to be positive. The son was transported from his home to the Infectious Diseases Clinic in Bialystok yesterday evening. His condition remains good.

Bearing in mind the safety of the staff and patients of the Sol-Med Family Outpatient Clinic, I emphasize once again that in addition to telephone contact, neither I nor my household members had direct contact with my son, his wife and children.

Out of respect and concern for all, I would also like to inform you that despite the lack of quarantine on me, I have voluntarily decided not to come to work and temporarily stay at home. I will do my best to make coronavirus tests for me and my loved ones.

I apologize to everyone for any inconvenience caused by my absence from work.

I wish you all a lot of health and well-being

Tamara Drabikowska-Chmara

specialist in family medicine, pediatrician”


Meanwhile, guitarist Gary Holt (Exodus/Slayer) has been self monitoring at home due to having “all of the symptoms.”


Read Holt’s statement via Instagram below:


“So I’ve been locked away with @lisaholt777 , suffering from all the symptoms of Corona, without the beer! Mildly sick, better today after repeatedly waking up soaked in sweat last night. Self monitoring with my better half, and unfortunately, won’t be able to visit my grandkids until I’m symptom free for seven days. Ugh. Movie time, binge watching TV, and waiting this out!”


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