Kate Garraway has revealed her fears about the long-term damage of Covid-19 on her husband Derek Draper.
The Good Morning Britain host discussed “long Covid” with her co-host Alex Beresford and Dr Hilary Jones.
The term refers to long-term symptoms left by a coronavirus battle, including neurological damage and fatigue.
On Wednesday’s show, the hosts had spoken to Dynasty actress Emma Samms, who still suffers from breathlessness and fatigue after contracting the virus back in March.
“That is something you and I have spoken about with Derek,” Kate said to Dr Hilary.
“Once the virus has gone, it’s the long-term damage.”
Kate added that she is writing a self-help book called Good Morning Life: How To Wake Up Every Day And Smile.
She is now editing the book to include “insights” from her experience with Derek and his Covid-19 battle.
Dr Hilary said: “Viral infections of all kinds can have a lingering effect in many occasions, but I don’t think it’s been appreciated until now just how serious the longer symptoms of Covid can be.
“You know more than anybody what a devastating effect the virus can still have even when the virus is no longer detectable in the patient.
“However, researchers at Bristol have found that 75% of patients who had Covid-19 are still having symptoms up to three months later or beyond, so symptoms include breathlessness, fatigue ,aching muscles, but also psychological symptoms and sometimes eyesight problems.
“Some people have reported debilitating symptoms, they can’t wash, they can’t dress, they can’t go to their normal work again because they are just so debilitated.”
Kate said people had told her they had symptoms of depression and vertigo after Covid-19, and she asked Hilary what they should do.
Dr Hilary replied: “I certainly think they need to discuss it with their GP, they need some sort of strategy, a coping strategy.
“It might be just graded exercise , doing a little more each day, working within your capability and not trying to do too much.
“Expecting this to last for a little while, good nutrition, making sure that your lifestyle is healthy, so not drinking too much alcohol, healthy food, fresh air.”
He added: “This is a devastating illness for many people, they feel really depressed and down.
“People need to keep thinking positively and know they will get through it, be happy, love and laughter, talking to their friends and people who care about them, it’s important to get on with normal life.
“You’ve survived, that’s the most important feature.”
* Good Morning Britain airs weekdays on ITV at 6am