Jeremy Clarkson feared he'd 'die alone' during Covid battle

Marni Dixit
·Lifestyle & Entertainment Producer
·2-min read

UK TV host Jeremy Clarkson has revealed he battled Covid-19 over Christmas and feared he'd "die on my own" from it.

The 60-year-old wrote about his battle for The Times, revealing he started feeling unwell four days before Christmas.

UK TV host Jeremy Clarkson has revealed he battled Covid-19 over Christmas and feared he'd "die on my own" from it. Photo: Getty
UK TV host Jeremy Clarkson has revealed he battled Covid-19 over Christmas and feared he'd "die on my own" from it. Photo: Getty

After Googling his symptoms, he went to get tested for coronavirus with the test coming back positive.

"The doctor was very clear," he wrote. "I'd feel under the weather for between five and 14 days and then I'd either get better or I'd have to go to hospital.

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"Where, because I am 60 and fat, and because I've smoked half a million cigarettes and had double pneumonia, I'd probably die, on my own, in a lonely plastic tent."

He shared how he woke up drenched in sweat and was suffering with a persistent dry cough, so he went into isolation.

Jeremy shared how he woke up drenched in sweat and was suffering with a persistent dry cough, so he went into isolation. Photo: Instagram/Jeremy Clarkson
Jeremy shared how he woke up drenched in sweat and was suffering with a persistent dry cough, so he went into isolation. Photo: Instagram/Jeremy Clarkson

The Grand Tour host shared how he took himself to bed with a book and "a bag of kale" and waited "for the Grim Reaper to pop his head round the door".

"I'm not going to lie – it was quite scary," he said, adding he had been staying in a small cottage with his girlfriend Lisa Hogan, 46, and her children.

"With every illness I've had, there has always been a sense that medicine and time would eventually ride to the rescue, but with COVID-19 you have to lie there, on your own, knowing that medicine is not on its way and that time is your worst enemy," he said.

Last month, Jeremy shared a photo of an at-home Covid test that did not indicate he was positive with only the Control section of the test showing a line – both the C and T section will have lines if the person taking the test is positive. Photo: Instagram/Jeremy Clarkson
Last month, Jeremy shared a photo of an at-home Covid test that did not indicate he was positive with only the Control section of the test showing a line – both the C and T section will have lines if the person taking the test is positive. Photo: Instagram/Jeremy Clarkson

Jeremy admitted he still has "absolutely no idea" if he is even "better now".

A few days before Christmas, he shared a photo of an at-home Covid test that did not indicate he was positive with only the Control section of the test showing a line – both the C and T section will have lines if the person taking the test is positive.

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