‘I was pretty much dying’: Shania Twains recalls her ‘threatening’ Covid-19 battle

Shania Twain  (Getty Images for Bauer Media)
Shania Twain (Getty Images for Bauer Media)

Shania Twain has detailed her near-fatal brush with Covid-19 that forced her to be airlifted to hospital for urgent care.

The 57-year-old said that as an asthmatic contracting the virus was “very threatening” and she ended up developing COVID pneumonia.

Speaking with Zane Lowe on Apple Music 1 on Wednesday (February 1), she shared: “I’m asthmatic anyway, and then I had a really bad bout with COVID, and it was very threatening.

“I had to be airvacked by a special team because nobody else would fly me to the hospital, because you can’t just pick up a COVID patient and fly them to a hospital.”

“Every day my lungs were filling up with inflammation. Every day. Within 12 days, I was pretty much dying.”

The musician said plasma therapy helped turn her diagnosis around, but it was slow to take and feared she’d end up on a respirator.

Twain said she underwent plasma therapy to fight the infection (YouTube/AppleMusic)
Twain said she underwent plasma therapy to fight the infection (YouTube/AppleMusic)

She continued: “Thankfully, I had plasma therapy, and it worked. On the fourth day, with plasma therapy, I had 0000.1 antibodies. I had no antibodies.

“I wasn’t fighting it. My antibodies were not building up, and my lungs were getting more and more full of inflammation.”

Twain said she had to wait for the plasma therapy, which is not always effective, to “hopefully kick in.”

The You’re Still The One hitmaker added: “That’s the sad thing… I think it was more the staff around me were really, really good.

“They didn’t tell me how many more days of plasma therapy that I could not respond to before I was now then on a respirator. On my way out. You know?

“I was halfway into what would’ve been considered my maximum treatment. They didn’t say that, which was great.”

After recovering from the virus, Twain revealed that a chat with a minister about the significance of being able to breathe fresh air inspired her new music.