Piers Morgan, 55, returns to the ITV Good Morning Britain line-up this week, alongside co-host Susanna Reid. But, the controversial journalist took a break from holding the government to account on Sunday afternoon, explaining that his hay fever is worse than ever.
Piers started his career in journalism as a writer for a number of newspapers, including the Daily Mirror.
He has since featured as judges on both America’s Got Talent and Britain’s Got Talent, as well as the US Celebrity Apprentice.
Since the start of the coronavirus outbreak in the UK, Piers has been very vocal about the government’s disappointing response to the crisis.
But, he took a break from the topic of coronavirus on Sunday afternoon, claiming that his hay fever has been significantly worse this year.
Piers Morgan health: Good Morning Britain star explains hay fever symptoms confused with coronavirus
Piers revealed that he was confused as to why this year was particularly bad for symptoms.
He later explained that he mistook hay fever symptoms for the deadly COVID-19 infection.
“Worst hay fever I’ve ever had,” Piers tweeted on Sunday.
“Know pollen count’s very high, but anyone else getting it so bad? Any theories as to why? Is reduced pollution during lockdown a factor?”
Sky reporter Deborah Haynes replied to Piers, revealing that she was having a similar problem, and that she had to reassure strangers that her sneezing was caused by hay fever, and not coronavirus.
The GMB host later responded to Deborah: “I genuinely thought I had it several weeks ago, now I’m sure it was bad hay fever.
“Lot of similar symptoms apart from the fever, ironically.”
Hay fever is usually worse between April and September, especially on warmer days.
The most common hay fever symptoms include sneezing, runny noses, and having itchy, watery eyes.
Piers Morgan health: Hay fever symptoms are similar to coronavirus signs
The condition is caused by an allergy to pollen, and there’s currently no cure.
But, there are ways to limit your symptoms at home when the pollen count is at its highest.
The best way to protect against hay fever symptoms is to simply rub petroleum jelly around your nostrils, to trap pollen.
Alternatively, try wearing wraparound sunglasses to prevent pollen from entering your eyes.
If home remedies still aren’t reducing your hay fever symptoms, try speaking to a pharmacist.
A number of over-the-counter medications may help to relieve your symptoms.
But, you should speak to a doctor if your hay fever is getting worse.
Your GP may decide to prescribe some steroids to boost your body’s tolerance to pollen.