Jack Dee is introduced on Paul O'Grady's Saturday Night Line Up
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The 66-year-old has had turbulent health for many years. The For the Love of Dogs presenter has suffered from three heart attacks and kidney failure which have seen him rushed to hospital and giving up booze and cigs. Paul sadly lost both of his parents to heart issues, and referred to himself as a “timebomb” who is “always dodging icebergs”. But when the Covid pandemic hit the nation, Paul was struck down.
Already being in the “at-risk” category due to his previous heart problems, Paul had to step back from his BBC Radio 2 show in order to isolate from the deadly virus.
Although the former drag-queen was never formally diagnosed with Covid, when asked by the Daily Mail if he thought he had had it the star replied: “Most definitely.
“Last week I had flu-like symptoms. I didn’t have the cough bad, I certainly didn’t have the temperature or anything like that so I just got on with it.
“That was when the heating had gone so it was minus two down here and freezing and I thought someone had got it in for me.”
Paul took to isolating in his Kent Farmhouse rather than his London flat and the addition of a new five week old puppy which he called “lively” kept him busy whilst off of work.
The star continued to say: “I’ve got my hands full and I’ve got plenty to do, and I’d just like to say to everybody else who’s self isolating – good luck and keep healthy and look after yourselves.
“[Coronavirus is] knocking about, but there’s also flus and seasonal colds going about so you’ve got to tell yourself and learn the difference.
“The coronavirus – you’d know if you caught that. I lay on the couch with the fire on and the dogs on top of me moaning.
“It was sheer exhaustion like Chris Evans had too.”
According to official government guidance, the most important symptoms of Covid are the following:
- A new continuous cough
- A high temperature
- A loss of, or change in, your normal sense of taste or smell (anosmia).
However there are numerous other symptoms that could indicate you have the virus. Most recently this includes Covid toe.
Experts believe that when toes or fingers become red or purple it could indicate the body switching into “attack mode” and trying to fight off the virus.
Some people develop painful raised bumps or areas of rough skin. There can also be pus and these symptoms can last for days or weeks. Covid toe can often appear without individuals experiencing the most common symptoms detailed above.
In order to try and curb his fever Paul turned to a homemade remedy. What he called Four Thieves Vinegar, the star told the Liverpool Echo that he drank a concoction of cider vinegar, garlic and four other herbs; rosemary, lemongrass, parsley and a bay leaf.
Although there is no medical evidence to suggest that his works and people who are experiencing symptoms should still seek medical advice, after drinking the homemade potion the star swore by the fact that he was “fine now”.
As of October 7 people who had tested positive for the virus stood at 40,701 in the UK. That is a reduction of 381 over the last seven days.
Daily deaths due to the virus stood at 122, which were down 104 from the last seven days.
In addition over 49 million people have had a single dose of the vaccine and over 45 million are double jabbed.
The government’s independent vaccine advisers, the Joint Committee on Vaccination and Immunisation (JCVI) has now recommended a third shot of the vaccine for people with severely weakened immune systems. Around 400,000 to 500,000 patients 12 years of age and over will be eligible in the UK.
Much of the data used to inform the JCVI’s decision comes from studies of mRNA vaccines, namely the Pfizer/BioNTech and Moderna jabs. With this in mind, the JCVI recommends that eligible patients aged 12 to 17 receive the Pfizer vaccine as their third shot, with those aged 18 and over receiving the same or the NIH/Moderna vaccine.
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