Kate Garraway has made an impassioned plea for people to follow guidelines to prevent the spread of her coronavirus, after her husband Derek Draper remains in intensive case six months after contracting Covid-19.
During Thursday’s edition of Good Morning Britain, Kate spoke about the nation’s attitude towards the ongoing restrictions, saying she has “huge sympathy” for those who feel “fed up”.
“I think, if you haven’t been directly touched by it, and you haven’t seen the devastation, but your life has been devastated – your livelihood, your ability to feel a sense of joy – then of course you’re going to get frustrated,” she said.
She then added that she wished she could give those who doubt the seriousness of the pandemic a glimpse at her life as things stand.
“It does make me tempted to show a picture of Derek in his current state and say, ‘You don’t want this in your life’,” Kate revealed.
“You don’t know who it will affect and how, so stick to it.”
Kate also admitted she understands the confusion surrounding what is and isn’t allowed under the current restrictions, blaming misinformation for people’s lack of understanding.
She explained: “I think there’s huge confusion around it and we’ve been told different messages at different times.
“But we kind of know that wearing a mask, not mixing with people, social distancing…we know the basics and we just have to do our best.”
Kate’s husband Derek was first admitted to hospital in March, after contracting Covid-19, and was placed in an induced coma.
Kate later said that while Derek is now “Covid-free”, he’s still recovering from the serious damage done by the disease, and noted recently that he’s in a “minimally conscious state”.
Good Morning Britain airs every weekday from 6am on ITV.