Jeremy Clarkson has recently admitted that he suffered from Covid over the Christmas holidays. And while he admitted that this was “quite scary”, he took to Twitter to attack the newspapers that had exaggerated the story.
“Four days before Christmas, I woke in the night to find my sheets were soggy. And that I had a constant dry cough,” Clarkson admitted in a column. “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.”
But while he himself exaggerated this story for the column, newspapers took it a step further by insisting that Clarkson was “battling” the virus. On Twitter, the ex-Top Gear presenter corrected them in a damning tweet.
Dear the newspapers. I didn’t “battle” Covid. I lay on my bed reading a book till it went away
“Dear the newspapers. I didn’t “battle” Covid. I lay on my bed reading a book till it went away,” he typed.
Across the population, people have reacted to Covid differently with a wide range of severity of the symptoms. Clarkson was lucky, experiencing mild symptoms, although he admitted that it was an intimidating scenari to be stuck in.
“I took myself off to bed with the new Don Winslow book and a bag of kale to wait for the Grim Reaper to pop his head round the door.
“I’m not going to lie – it was quite scary.
“With every illness I’ve had, there has always been a sense that medicine and time would eventually ride to the rescue.
“But with COVID-19 you have to lie there, on your own, knowing that medicine is not on its way and that time is your worst enemy.”
Thankfully, as we recently reported, Clarkson has now tested negative for Coronavirus and is “ready to rock”, according to his Instagram profile.