Kate Garraway has opened up about her fears after her children were exposed to Covid-19.
The former I'm A Celebrity… Get Me Out Of Here! star explained to Ben Shephard she was forced to miss Good Morning Britain and self isolate as they nervously waited to see if their tests came back positive.
Luckily, both Kate and her two children were negative but the incident added more stress to the TV regular while her husband Derek Draper battles long Covid in hospital.
Kate said during Thursday's show: "It's lovely to be back, I'm sorry I've been absent for a couple of weeks now.
"Well, a few challenges kicking off, challenges with Derek as there always are.
"So we had outside of Derek a little bit of a scare.
"In the sense that, we found out the children had come into contact with somebody who after they came into contact with them, tested positive for coronavirus – isn't seriously ill."
She continued: "It's happening a lot because of schools, so just to be ultra, ultra cautious, kept them at home, kept me at home until we got negative tests.
"We got two negative tests actually, because you know me, more is more. So all three of us had negative tests, mercifully."
Explaining how the incident left her fearing the worst, Kate, 53, continued: "I did think, 'oh my goodness, this is going to be very difficult, obviously horrific if any of us get sick'. And I've had it. I had it when Derek got sick."
Due to the virus still being relatively new, it is still unknown if people can contract it twice – though it's thought a person has enough antibodies to be immune for at least six months.
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Kate went on to explain how she's found it tough trying to organise the first Christmas not only with social distancing measures but also with Derek still being in hospital.
Kate continued: "I am finding it real challenging, I find it really tricky.
"Obviously my dream is for us to see him on Christmas day in some way.
"We have to keep really safe to be able to visit him and see him. Then if we do that, can we have his parents over?
"I just want to avoid just the three of us [Kate and the two children] as I think it would make Derek's absence bigger but it is hard to work it out."
"I was having a lively conversation with the in-laws," she continued when talking about Derek's parents who live in Lancashire.
"Then I realised I am almost putting more pressure on them, I just said let's just say 'I don't want the responsibility of you getting sick, you don't want sick and Derek wouldn't want that so let's now try to have an amazing Easter'.
"The reason why Christmas is so special is that it comes in some of the darkest days literally, we really need it for 2020 but we don't want the risks for 2021."
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