Former GMTV presenter Fiona Phillips, 59, took to Twitter last week and revealed she was in bed with a “sore throat and a cough”. The Strictly Come Dancing contestant has now revealed the extent of her coronavirus symptoms admitting she was covered in a “whole-body-sized cloak of sweat”.
Fiona revealed she had a “fiery throat” and an “annoying dry cough” as well body aches and pains.
Writing in a column for The Mirror, she said: “Having come bearing gifts such as a fiery sore throat, high temperature/fever, shortness of breath, annoying dry cough, aches, pains, lethargy and a whole-body-sized cloak of sweat – nice – I’ll be doing my best to make sure [COVID-19] doesn’t stay too long either.”
She recounted: “The first sign of the nasty bug’s generosity was about a week ago, in the form of a horrible, sort of scratchy gut pain that made me feel full, from my throat, right down through my whole digestive system.
“It kept me awake all night – it was as if a witch had shoved her twiggy broom up into my alimentary canal and on into my throat, left it there and had then intermittently twisted it.”
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The presenter also took aim at “those selfish, greedy, I’m alright Jack, toilet roll snatchers” – as the outbreak has seen panic-buying sweep the nation – and the world.
It comes after Fiona took to Twitter and first announced that she was in bed with coronavirus on Friday.
In view of her 33,000 followers, she wrote: “I am in bed with #coronvirusuk.
“It’s not a very pleasant bedfellow, but nothing more than a sore throat, dry cough, headache & tiredness. As long as it stays that way….DON’T panic!”
Fans rushed to comment on the post, with many social media users offering messages of support.
Someone asked: “How long have you been suffering?”
Fiona replied: “I’m not suffering. It’s fine. Thanks for asking.”
Another person commented: “Get well soon. Hope you’re being looked after well. I’m self-isolating in my office as the grass is still growing and it’s definitely the best place to be out in the fresh Flag of Scotland air. Kindest regards.”
A fan wrote: “Take care Fiona,” while another person added: “Please keep posting to let us know how you are. We need it, all we keep hearing is bad news.”
The recent coronavirus pandemic has seen a recent surge in cases of the virus across the country.
Prime Minister Boris Johnson told the public the nation is facing a national emergency and they must stay at home to save lives.
Police will enforce the lockdown by breaking up groups and imposing fines of £30 upwards on people who flout the rules.