Breaking Benjamin’s guitarist Jasen Rauch has revealed that he was diagnosed with the novel coronavirus (COVID-19) in early March on Thursday (April 23), revealing that he “haven’t seen [his] kids in months between tour and being ill. Getting this thing sucks if you have symptoms.”
“Soooo…I tested positive for Covid-19 in early March, and have officially been cleared and safe to leave my place against of last week?. I spent almost a full month without leaving my front door. I’ve watched the numbers constantly (I was one of the earlier cases here), and have watched a lot of crazy behavior being posted on social media.” Said Rauch in an Instagram post.
Rauch encourages fans to be safe and smart with all of this saying “I just wanted to encourage everyone to be safe and smart with all of this. The sooner we can all come together and be responsible with our social distancing, the sooner everything can go back to normal. It’s a simple, but firm truth. If you are safe, keep away from other people, wash your hands, hold off on the parties, hold off on going to visit family, and make sure we are all doing our part with social distancing, this could LITERALLY be squashed quickly. But it takes EVERYONE.”
Continuing to say, “I’m not preaching, but happy to have been able to make certain sacrifices so I didn’t infect anyone else. I think it’s about putting others first. I haven’t seen my kids in months between tour and being ill. Getting this thing sucks if you have symptoms. Trust me. I’m fortunate to be healthy and on the other side of it now, but wanted to encourage everyone to keep their heads up and stay safe! Invest some time in finding new music. New movies. New art. CALL your family and loved ones. We are beginning to bounce back, but let’s not give up yet! Special thanks to all of the first responders, doctors, and nurses who don’t get a break in this. They are the true heroes. Love you guys, and sorry for the novel. SEE YOU SOON!!!”