Good Morning Britain presenter Kate Garraway has spoken about her husband Derek Draper's fight with COVID-19, saying that she is "tempted" to show people criticising social distancing measures a photo of her partner in hospital.
Derek contracted the coronavirus in April and was admitted to hospital with severe complications, after which he was put into a medically-induced coma. He is still in hospital now.
Speaking on the ITV breakfast show today (October 1), Kate was discussing the importance of keeping to the social distancing and health guidelines currently in place and urged viewers to follow them, saying that people do not want to be in the same situation as her.
"I have huge sympathy with people who are fed up with it," she said. "I think if you haven't been directly touched by it, you haven't seen the devastation, but your life has been devastated, your livelihood, your ability to feel a sense of joy – of course I think you're going to get frustrated.
"But 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'."
She continued: "You don't know who it'll affect and how, so stick to it."
Kate added that Derek's parents haven't been able to visit their son for six months and said that if they could manage this, then "the rest of us can probably get through".
Kate recently gave an update on Derek's condition, saying that seeing him unconscious "was a big shock".
"He's lost nearly eight stone in weight, a lot of it muscle throughout his body," she said. "He looked worn-out, thin and pale with dark circles under his eyes and there were lots of tubes."
The presenter is still hopeful that Derek will be able to come home one day but she added that her family are finding things very difficult, saying: "The heart of the family has been ripped out and we don't know if we will ever get it back."
Good Morning Britain airs weekdays from 6am on ITV.
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