Charlotte Hawkins says Kate Garraways husbands Covid battle is difficult for her every day

Charlotte Hawkins has admitted that her Good Morning Britain co-star Kate Garraway's husband Derek's Covid battle “continues to be difficult for her every day”.

Derek was hospitalised with Covid-19 in March 2020, and the 54 year old has continued to struggle with the after effects of the devastating disease.

Speaking exclusively to OK!, Charlotte says that herself and the whole GMB team are always supporting Kate throughout the ordeal.

The presenter told us: “We continue to send our love to support Kate and to just keep everything crossed that Derek, will have a path to recovery and to get him back to where he should be.

“It continues to be difficult every day.”

The 46 year old continued of Kate and Derek’s life at home now the former political advisor has left hospital: “I think it was great for her to be able to get Derek back home, but he does require constant care.

“It must be difficult not knowing what recovery is going to look like for them all.”

Kate, also 54, recently admitted she longs to be hugged by her husband of 16 years.

Charlotte, who is mum to daughter Ella Rose with her husband Mark Herbert, also opened up about her own battle with Covid after having a blood clot scare.

She also suffered from numbness, brain fog and extreme exhaustion.

Talking about how worrying the blood clot scare was, Charlotte said: “Yeah, it was scary. Thank goodness it wasn’t that. I feel lucky.

“I work with Kate and as I’ve seen everything she’s been going through with her husband, Derek, I know how horrific the consequences of Covid can be.

“I’m just grateful that it was mild for me. After I spoke out about my symptoms, there were so many people in the same boat as me, who are trying to get through the exhaustion and the brain fog.”

As for whether or not she ever felt afraid that she could end up in a similar situation to Derek, Charlotte added that she feels grateful that we’re in a different situation now thanks to the coronavirus jab.

She said: “I think there is a difference now as we have a vaccination, meaning that when people do get Covid, their symptoms are likely to be a lot milder.

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“Thank goodness we've got the vaccination that has made all the difference because when Derek caught COVID, that was right back at the beginning when we didn't have the vaccination.

“We didn't know as much about it, as we do now.”

Derek was placed in a coma in hospital and his lasting effects of the virus include requiring 24-hour care, sleeping for up to 20 hours a day and has “multi organ challenges”.

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