Coronavirus has had an unimaginable hold on our lives. The visible effects of this hold can be seen in the many shops that remain shuttered and the months spent confined to our homes. For most us, however, the threat seems far away, but that is not the case Good Morning Britain’s Kate Garraway.
The host’s husband has been hospitalised for 10 weeks with a severe case of the virus.
This morning she returned to the show to give an update on her spouses condition.
Speaking to fellow host Ben Shephard, Kate said: “Derek is still with us, he has fought the most extraordinary battle.
“I am so grateful. He is very sick and as time goes on, it has affected him from the top of his head and the tip of his toes.
Kate continued: “He has now tested negative for the virus but it has reaped extraordinary damage on his body.
“The doctors don’t know. One doctor said to me, ‘He is the worst patient he has had to treat'”.
One doctor said it could be “up to a year” for her husband to recover but they don’t know.
As Kate explained, Derek’s condition is viewed as incredibly rare and there is still much unknown about his response to the virus.
She also went on to explain the symptoms he initially experienced.
According to Kate, Derek didn’t exhibit the cough or high temperature, but he has a “weird sinusitis”.
Sinusitis is swelling of the sinuses, usually caused by an infection.
Over one weekend, Derek then developed a “splitting headache, weird numbness in hands and struggling to breath”, said Kate.
Kate then contacted GMB regular Dr Hilary to get a second opinion on her husband’s condition.
What do I do if a loved one shows symptoms?
According to the NHS, if someone exhibits mild symptoms, they should self-isolate for seven days.
It’s important to get medical help if your symptoms get worse, however.
Use the 111 online coronavirus service if:
- You feel you cannot cope with your symptoms at home
- You feel breathless and it’s getting worse
Your symptoms get worse and you’re not sure what to do.
Call 999 for an ambulance if you or someone you care for:
- Are struggling to breathe
- Are coughing up blood
- Have blue lips or a blue face
- Feel cold and sweaty, with pale or blotchy skin
- Have a rash that does not fade when you roll a glass over it
- Collapse or faint
- Become confused or very drowsy
- Have stopped peeing or are peeing much less than usual.
“Tell the operator you might have coronavirus symptoms,” explains the NHS.
Can you treat mild symptoms?
There is currently no specific treatment for coronavirus (COVID-19), but you can often ease the symptoms at home until you recover.
According to the NHS, if you have a high temperature, it can help to:
- Get lots of rest
- Drink plenty of fluids (water is best) to avoid dehydration – drink enough so your pee is light yellow and clear
- Take paracetamol or ibuprofen if you feel uncomfortable.
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