Kate Garraway warns ‘there are MORE long Covid symptoms emerging’ as she gives update on husband Derek’s road to recovery and reveals
Kate Garraway has warned ‘there are MORE long Covid symptoms emerging.’
On Monday morning, the presenter, 54, gave GMB viewers an update on her husband Derek Draper’s road to recovery, admitting: ‘All the time there are more issues!’
Derek, 53, is still recovering at home from his lengthy battle with the illness which previously proved near-fatal and his left his body ravaged, and Kate has now revealed that ‘more symptoms are presenting’.
Oh no! On Monday, Kate Garraway, 54, warned ‘there are MORE long Covid symptoms emerging’ as she gave GMB viewers an update on her husband Derek Draper’s road to recovery
Kate’s co-host Ben Shephard, 46, asserted: ‘Long Covid is a very real issue for a lot of people who have caught the virus.’
And Dr Amir Khan agreed, confirming: ‘It is very real. It’s estimated two million people across the UK are suffering from long Covid and symptoms can include extreme fatigue, brain fog, problems with vision problems with pain, difficulty breathing, palpitations, chest pain, all sorts of things.’
Kate added: ‘And that’s only the ones we know, isn’t it Dr Khan? Because more and more are emerging of different bits of the body that have damage.
‘I know Derek is an extreme example but there are more long Covid symptoms emerging. All the time there are more issues, initially it was exhaustion but more are presenting.’
Illness: Derek was released from the hospital in March this year after being first diagnosed in March 2020 and he is considered to be the longest surviving Covid-19 patient in the country
Dr Khan agreed: ‘Yes that’s absolutely right and the symptoms can be mild in some people and severe in others.
‘It’s thought it is caused by this over immune response to the virus that create these antibodies long after the virus is cleared, these antibodies then star attacking normal tissue which gives you these symptoms.
‘Treatment options are still being discovered … and while we’re waiting there isn’t much we can do because we don’t really know what the treatments are yet so it’s really really tough.’
Derek was released from the hospital in March this year after being first diagnosed in March 2020.
The virus wreaked havoc throughout his entire body, resulting in kidney failure, liver and pancreatic damage.
On more than one occasion his heart stopped beating, he battled bacterial pneumonia and fought multiple infections which punctured holes in his lungs.
He is considered to be the longest surviving Covid-19 patient in the country. The former lobbyist continues to recover from the illness at their London home.