Kate Garraway reveals her husband Derek Draper sleeps for ’20 hours a day’ amid long Covid battle


Kate has revealed her husband Derek suffers from extreme fatigue and sleeps for ’20 hours a day’ while battling the ‘devastating’ effects of long Covid. 

The presenter, 54, shared an update on her spouse’s health during Thursday’s Good Morning Britain, as he continues his lengthy recovery at home. 

Discussing the impact of long-Covid, Kate described them as ‘devastating,’ before explaining further: ‘Now we’re in a situation where most people are likely at some point to catch Covid, because we can’t present people catching it.’

Scary: Kate Garraway, 54, has revealed her husband Derek Draper suffers from extreme fatigue and sleeps for ’20 hours a day’ while battling the ‘devastating’ effects of long Covid

Urging viewers of the important of getting vaccinated against the virus, Kate told Ben Shephard and Susanna Reid: ‘It’s the vaccinations that stop it being more damaging.

‘I think people who had had it mildly are starting to argue that it’s the same as flu. Flu can be devastating to people as well. True flu.

‘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 double vaccinated suffer from, it’s fatigue. 

Illness: Derek was released from the hospital in March this year after being first diagnosed in March 2020 and he is considered to be the longest surviving Covid-19 patient in the country

Illness: Derek was released from the hospital in March this year after being first diagnosed in March 2020 and he is considered to be the longest surviving Covid-19 patient in the country

Struggling: The presenter shared an update on her spouse's health during Thursday's Good Morning Britain, as he continues his lengthy recovery at home (pictured in 2019)

Struggling: The presenter shared an update on her spouse’s health during Thursday’s Good Morning Britain, as he continues his lengthy recovery at home (pictured in 2019)

‘Now Fatigue, I used to think, was just being exhausted but getting up early in the morning.

‘But, the fatigue that Derek has… I know he’s an extreme case because he has multi organ challenges… But even someone with more milder case… Derek is sleeping 20 out of 24 hours a day.

What is Long Covid? 

Long Covid – also known as post-Covid-19 syndrome – is when Covid symptoms continue beyond the period of infection.

Among the long list of symptoms are fatigue, chest tightness, dizziness, heart palpitations and problems with memory or concentration.

Research published by the Department of Health last month suggested that up to two-million people in the UK may have had Long Covid. 

According to the NHS, the chances of having long-term symptoms does not seem to be linked to how ill you are when you first get COVID-19. 

However, the study last month showed that prevalence of Long Covid increased with age and was higher among women.

‘He has like 10 minute windows. It’s not just feeling a bit tired. He goes white, pale and everything shuts down.

‘You don’t want that type of fatigue, even ruling out all of the things people are suffering with, with long-Covid as well.

‘The idea that you can prevent that and just have a bad week in bed, is just life-changing, isn’t it?’

It comes after Kate previously warned ‘there are MORE long Covid symptoms emerging.’ 

Last month, she gave GMB viewers an update on her husband Derek’s road to recovery, admitting: ‘All the time there are more issues!’ 

Derek is still recovering at home from his lengthy battle with the illness which previously proved near-fatal and his left his body ravaged, and Kate has now revealed that ‘more symptoms are presenting’. 

Kate’s co-host Ben Shephard, 46, asserted: ‘Long Covid is a very real issue for a lot of people who have caught the virus.’

Kate’s husband Derek was released from the hospital in March this year after being first diagnosed in March 2020.  

The virus wreaked havoc throughout his entire body, resulting in kidney failure, liver and pancreatic damage. 

On more than one occasion his heart stopped beating, he battled bacterial pneumonia and fought multiple infections which punctured holes in his lungs. 

He is considered to be the longest surviving Covid-19 patient in the country. The former lobbyist continues to recover from the illness at their London home. 

Worrying: 'He has like 10 minute windows. It's not just feeling a bit tired. He goes white, pale and everything shuts down' she told Susanna Reid and Ben Shephard

Worrying: ‘He has like 10 minute windows. It’s not just feeling a bit tired. He goes white, pale and everything shuts down’ she told Susanna Reid and Ben Shephard

It comes after Kate admitted she feels like she ‘failed’ her children as she struggled to juggle homeschooling and looking after Derek as he recovered from Covid.

The star – who shares children Darcey, 15, and Billy, 12, with Derek – said she found it ‘very challenging’ due to dealing with her ‘very specific set of circumstances’ at the time. 

Kate has been by her husband Derek’s side during his recovery from coronavirus after he contracted the illness last March which left him hospitalised.

Oh no! Last month, Kate warned 'there are MORE long Covid symptoms emerging' as she gave GMB viewers an update on her husband's road to recovery

Oh no! Last month, Kate warned ‘there are MORE long Covid symptoms emerging’ as she gave GMB viewers an update on her husband’s road to recovery



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