BBC Breakfast’s Rachel Burden says she’s taking ‘time out’ from show due to health reasons
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BBC Breakfast and BBC Radio 5 presenter Rachel Burden, 46, has taken to Twitter to thank fans for their support and advice after she revealed “Covid has finally caught up with me”. The star explained that although she has had both coronavirus vaccines, she “might need a wee bit of time out” while suffering symptoms of the virus.
It comes after Rachel was forced to pull out of hosting 5 Live Breakfast with her co-star Patrick Kielty this morning because of her ill health.
She was replaced by Scottish TV and radio presenter Laura McGhie.
She wrote in view of her 82,000 followers: “Thanks so much for all the messages and bits of advice – so lovely to wake up to this morning.
“I’m also aware it’s been a dreadful virus for many people over the last 18 months, so even with two jabs, I think I might need a wee bit of time out.
“See you soon,” the host signed off, alongside a snoring emoji.
Fans took to the comments section of Rachel’s post to share their get well wishes with the poorly star.
One person wrote: “Rachel we are sorry to hear this we are a family of 7 and all caught it in UK – 4 double jabbed and 1 single jabbed. Feel really poorly. Take care, place your food orders, get the paracetamol and nurofen in. Thinking of you- but this is not over!”(sic)
Another reassured the presenter: “Don’t rush back too soon, give yourself some “me” time to recover…I’ve been there twice. We will miss you, but your health is important.”
A third fan commented: “Take care , I really missed your dulcet tones this morning. The nation needs a fit and well @rachelburden so rest up and don’t rush back. Best wishes from Cornwall.”
A fourth penned: “It’s the fatigue which is difficult to deal with. Take care and get well soon. X.”
Rachel previously informed listeners that she would be absent from her 5 Live show in a tweet last night.
The star revealed she was resting in bed with an ice cream to cheer herself up.
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Rachel said: “After 18 months of talking about it, covid has finally caught up with me.
“Currently self medicating in bed with paracetamol and a mini magnum.
“@PatricKielty and @LauraMcGhie_ with you in the morning. Look after yourselves. X.”
Rachel’s BBC Breakfast and 5 Live co-star Naga Munchetty was one of many who sent a supportive message to her following news of her Covid battle.
The BBC star wrote in view of her 259,000 followers: “Sending love xx.”
Rachel also had a chat with a woman she spoke to in the lift at the BBC studios last week.
The Twitter user told Rachel: “Get well soon, we chatted in the lift on Wednesday.”
“I had no symptoms then so hopefully limited risk,” Rachel reassured her colleague in response.
She then replied: “Thanks for getting back to me but I’m feeling ok & still in work. Take care of yourself.x.”
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