“Four days before Christmas, I woke in the night to find my sheets were soggy. And that I had a constant dry cough.
“The doctor was very clear – I’d feel under the weather for between five and 14 days and then I’d either get better or I’d have to go to hospital.
“Because I am 60 and fat, and because I’ve smoked half a million cigarettes and had double pneumonia, I’d probably die, on my own, in a lonely plastic tent.”
He added finally: “I’m not going to lie — it was quite scary!”
Then, a few days ago, he revealed that he hadn’t “battled” the virus, as the newspapers had explained.
“Hello everybody and thank you for your good wishes,” he said in an Instagram video.
“I did have Covid. I didn’t, as the newspapers reported, ‘battle it’.”
“I lay in bed with what felt like a cold, reading a book until it went away, which it now has, I’m delighted to say.
“So chin up, and if you want to buy a trout, these will be ready very soon.”
His most recent Instgram post shows a clip of a bird, labeled a kestrel by now farming expert Jeremy Clarkson, diving as the sun goes down over his Cotswolds farm. ‘A kestrel manoeuvres in the dark,” he captions alongside the video.
But fans were keen to pick up on his heavy breathing behind the camera, with a fan joking: “This video was literally taken after Jeremy had ran a marathon.”
Clarkson was swift to explains this heavy breathing, explaining that while he no longer tested positive for the virus, he’s still feeling the effects of it.
“Correction. I just had Covid. Still a bit breathless,” he replied.
In a recent column by The Grand Tour presenter, he admitted that he was finding the idea of 2021 a daunting one, and that he was losing hope for the year.
“No. I hate to say this, but 2021 will make 2020 look like a walk in the park,” he writes.
“I do not see the lockdown ending for weeks or maybe even months.
“And through Winter I cannot even begin to imagine what that will do to us. It was one thing being locked up in the Spring, when the sun shone and it was warm.”
“It’s quite another to be in forced hibernation when the temperature never gets above 1C.
“Many are pinning their hopes on the vaccines, but I believe they will only provide protection for a very short period of time.
“I also think Brexit will cause problems we haven’t even thought about yet.
“And I believe the damage to our economy as we continue to fight an unwinnable war will be catastrophic.
“Since Boxing Day, travel companies have been carpet-bombing the commercial breaks with holiday destination ideas.”