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Kate Garraway has revealed husband Derek Draper sleeps for 20 hours a day in his ongoing battle against long Covid.
The Good Morning Britain presenter often updates viewers on Derek's health and on Thursday morning during a discussion with Dr Hilary Jones she revealed the extreme fatigue he has been left with.
Dr Hilary was talking about the effects of long Covid, the condition people are left with for sometimes months after falling ill, and the potential of it being limited by a third Covid booster jab.
Kate said: "It's devastating, and we've talked, Hilary, haven't we, about how we are in a situation now where most people are likely to catch Covid because we can't prevent people catching it, it's the vaccination that stops it from being more damaging and people who've had it mildly are starting to argue that it's the same as 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 people who have been double vaccinated suffer from.
"It's fatigue. Now fatigue, I used to think, was just being exhausted from getting up early in the morning, you know all about tiredness as a GP, Hilary."
However, Kate revealed the exhaustion that her husband faces is on another level.
She said: "But the fatigue Derek has – I know he's an extreme case because he's got multiple organ challenges – but even with some more milder cases, you know Derek can be sleeping 20 hours out of 24 hours a day.
"He has like 10 minute windows and it's not just feeling a bit tired, he goes white, pale, and it's like everything shuts down.
"So you don't want that kind of fatigue, even ruling out all the other things that 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 life changing isn't it."
Derek had the longest hospital stay of any UK Covid patient after falling ill in March 2020 and being in hospital for over a year.
Kate and their two children finally welcomed him home earlier this year, but he still needs round-the-clock care as he struggles with many health problems that Covid has left him with.
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