Jeremy Clarkson reveals ‘scary’ battle with Covid-19 over Christmas
The 60-year-old Grand Tour host still doesn’t know if he’s fully recovered.
In his column for The Sunday Times, he wrote: “Four days before Christmas I woke up at night to find that my sheets were damp. And that I kept having dry coughs. ”
After his test was positive, “The doctor was very clear – I would feel under the weather for between five and 14 days and then either I would be better or I would have to go to the hospital.
“Because I’m 60 and fat, and because I smoked half a million cigarettes and had double pneumonia, I would probably die alone in a lonely plastic tent.”
Who Wants To Be A Millionaire? The host wrote: “I had to isolate myself too. … I went to bed with the new Don Winslow book and a bag of kale to wait for the Grim Reaper to stick his head in the door.
“I’m not going to lie – it was pretty scary.
“With every illness I had, I always had the feeling that medicine and time would eventually lead to salvation.
“But with Covid-19 you have to lie there alone and know that medicine is not on its way and that time is your worst enemy.”
While he “didn’t feel bad” at first, Clarkson’s “breathing started to get really laborious, and the doctor’s warnings kept ringing in my head about how things could suddenly get worse”.
He said: “We are kept telling us that we know a lot about Covid, but what I’ve learned in the last 10 days is that we don’t.
“We don’t know how long we’ve been contagious. We don’t know how to go about it. We don’t know what it’s doing to us.
“We don’t know how long the antibodies last. We don’t know how easy it is to catch it twice. And we certainly don’t know if any of the vaccines will work in the long term. I don’t even know if I’m better now. ”
He also criticized the BBC’s coverage of the pandemic, saying it was “doom with additional darkness”.