Jeremy Clarkson 60 Reveals He Battled COVID-19 Over Christmas
Jeremy Clarkson has revealed that he battled COVID-19 over [/news/christmas/index.html Christmas] and feared that he would 'die on my own' from it.
The presenter, 60, wrote about his health scare in his latest article for [ ], sharing that he began to feel unwell four days before Christmas.
Clarkson said that after Googling his symptoms, he eventually got tested for [/news/coronavirus/index.html coronavirus] where it came back positive.
'It was scary!' Jeremy Clarkson has revealed that he battled COVID-19 over Christmas and feared that he would 'die on my own' from it (pictured in July during a Covid testing)
'The doctor was very clear,' the presenter recalled in his column. '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.
'Where, 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.'
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Detailing what happened, Clarkson explained he woke up drenched in sweat, suffered a persistent dry cough and went into isolation.
After batting off questions from friends about who could have given him the virus, Clarkson explained that he took himself off to bed with 'the new Don Winslow book and a bag of kale' and waited 'for the Grim Reaper to pop his head round the door'.
Staying safe: The presenter, 60, wrote about his health scare in his latest article for The Times , sharing that he began to feel unwell four days before Christmas (Clarkson is pictured in September 2020, filming The Grand Tour in Scotland, wearing a face mask)
Tested: Clarkson posted a snap of a negative COVID-19 test on Instagram two weeks ago before testing positive just days later
The Grand tour sapa host went on to explain that he was isolating in a small cottage with his girlfriend Lisa Hogan, 46, and her children, and felt unclear about who he was allowed to have any contact with, adding: 'I'm not going to lie — it was quite scary!'
He went on: '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.'
Jeremy's children - Emily, Katya and Finlo, from his marriage to second wife Frances Cain - visited him on Christmas Day for 40 minutes and shared a glass of champagne with him at a distance in the garden while he wore a 'full body mask' (under Tier 2 rules).
Masked men: Jeremy is pictured with his The Grand tour sapa co-star Richard Hammond [R] and producer Andy Wilman [C] en route to a filming destination in October
Family: The TV host went on to explain that he was isolating in a small cottage with his girlfriend Lisa Hogan, 46, and her children, and felt unclear about who he was allowed to have any contact with [Jeremy and Lisa are pictured in February 2020]
He recalled that no-one knew how safe this actually was and added in the article that despite people claiming to know a 'great deal about COVID, we don't', the presenter also admitted that he has 'absolutely no idea' if he is even 'better now'.
Clarkson hinted he had suspected coronavirus two weeks ago, posting a snap of a COVID antigen test to Instagram.
Yet the result was negative, with a single line showing, and he celebrated by captioning it with: 'Let's rock.'
Medakit's COVID-19 Antigen test used by Jeremy can detect an active coronavirus infection within 15 minutes
He was seen over the Autumn filming new episodes of his Amazon Prime motoring show The Grand Tour, but the crew were sticking to strict safety measures.
Worried: Clarkson penned: '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.' (pictured in 2019)
Forking nightmare: Clarkson suffered a cutlery blunder as he attempted to eat a fry-up while taking coronavirus precautions in October, branding it 'COVID cutlery'
Forkward: The presenter was filmed attempting to cut into a piece of bacon as he enjoyed a fry-up with co-host James May during a break from filming The Grand tour sapa in Scotland
He was snapped on location in Scotland in September, social distancing and wearing a face mask.
He also took a selfie on a plane with his co-star Richard Hammond and producer Andy Wilman in October, all wearing masks.
That same month, he was seen struggling to eat a fry-up with co-host James May during a break from filming, using disposable cutlery.
He branded an Instagram clip 'COVID cutlery', seen in the video having issues slicing up bacon.