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Kodaline guitarist confirms he has contracted Covid-19

By Brian Dillon

March 24, 2020 at 11:45am

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Kodaline guitarist Mark Prendergast has confirmed that he tested positive for Covid-19.

The band member joined Eoghan McDermott and Doireann Garrihy on 2FM to tell them about his experience. He said:

"About 10 days ago I felt this very, very dry cough. I was in my parents' house.

"It was quite obvious it was a new cough. It was very, very, very dry... I'd never had a cough like it before... I was a little bit panicked. I just got up and left.

"Maybe three, four days later I got a fever that lasted for four or five days. Overall my experience wasn't as bad as it can get. So I'm kind of lucky.

"I didn't give them a hug, just got up and left. I went home," he said of leaving his parents' home."

The musician explained that he believes he caught the virus travelling through Heathrow Airport.

He said: "I haven't seen my dad since March 12. Nobody in my circle has shown symptoms yet... It's a horrible waiting game really to see if people around you are sick."

This news comes a day after the band release their brand new music video for their single Sometimes, which documents frontman Steve Garrigan's personal experience with anxiety.

Yesterday, TV presenter Claire Byrne confirmed that she has tested positive for Covid-19 after RTÉ announced at the weekend that a member of staff had contracted the virus.

She said: "I am well now and through the peak of the condition and I want to thank everyone who has been in touch with me to express support and in particular, those in RTE who spent their weekend dealing with issues that arose as a result of my diagnosis."

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