Kate Garraway opens up on Derek’s ‘devastating’ condition ‘He just shuts down’

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Kate Garraway opened up on her husband Derek Draper’s condition on Thursday’s Good Morning Britain as she discussed the “devastating” implications of long Covid. Derek contracted COVID-19 in March last year and is still suffering from the effects of the virus and requires around-the-clock care.

Discussing the effects of long Covid, Kate said: “Devastating and I think that’s one of the things, we’ve spoken about this Hilary, how now we’re in a situation where most people are likely to catch Covid.

“We can’t stop people from catching it, it’s the vaccine that stops it from being more damaging.

“I think people who have it mildly are starting to argue that it’s the same as flu.

“Flu can be devastating to people as well but this is very different because flu doesn’t give you this degree of organ damage.”

“Even when you look at some of the symptoms that people who have been double vaccinated suffer from, it’s fatigue,” she continued.

“Now fatigue I thought was just being exhausted from getting up early in the morning, you know that from being a GP Hilary.

“The fatigue that Derek has – I know he’s an extreme case because he’s got multiple organ challenges – but even some with more mild cases, Derek is sleeping 20 out of 24 hours a day.

“He has 10-minute windows and it’s not just feeling a bit tired.”

“He goes white, pale, it’s like everything shuts down so you don’t want that kind of fatigue even ruling out all the other things people are suffering from with long Covid,” Kate noted. 

“The idea that you can prevent that and just have a bad week in bed is life-changing.”

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