Jeremy Vine has described his experience of battling Covid-19 over Christmas, describing it as like ‘meeting Elvis’ after reporting on the virus for months throughout 2020.
The broadcaster, 55, kept a video diary when he fell ill, detailing his symptoms which included a persistent cough and a fever.
He had to isolate within his home and wore a face mask under a cardboard box when interacting with family members.
He said on Monday’s episode of his Channel 5 show: ‘I had a weird one, I had Covid.
‘I felt a bit ill on December the 22nd and then on the 23rd this was me’ cutting to a video diary clip of himself looking pale and coughing.
He continued: ‘When you have reported so much on a virus and you finally get it, it’s like meeting Elvis. But actually, by day three, Christmas Day, I was a little better, although I had now had a positive test result.
‘I followed all the rules. The family isolated. I had to isolate within the house.’
A further clip from his diary showed him putting a cardboard box over his head before asking his family if they were ‘alright’.
The former Strictly Come Dancing star acknowledged that he had not had the virus as badly as others have, calling his experience ‘a light dusting’.
Chatting to guest Vernon Kay about how he first fell ill, he explained that he just felt as though something was wrong.
‘I basically felt unwell’ Jeremy said. ‘It’s just as vague as that. I felt a bit overheated.’
The host also described the coronavirus test, a nasal swab, as ‘no fun’.
Speaking at the end of his final show for 2020, he described the last year as ‘like the whole country has got a hangover it doesn’t deserve.
‘But on the positive side, the cavalry is coming. The vaccine is around the corner and if you’re there, we’re here.’
Jeremy Vine airs weekdays from 9.15am on Channel 5.
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