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Dr Hilary Jones pleads with people to ‘be couch potatoes’ after Kate Garraway’s update on husband’s coronavirus battle


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Dr Hilary Jones has pleaded with Good Morning Britain viewers to ‘be couch potatoes’ after Kate Garraway shared an update on her husband, who is battling coronavirus in intensive care.

Kate’s GMB co-host, Ben Shephard, shared an update on her behalf, which explained that her husband Derek Draper is ‘still very sick’.

Afterwards, Dr Hilary had a stark warning for viewers, urging them to stay at home over the bank holiday weekend.

‘This is perhaps the only time I’ll ever say please stay at home and be a couch potato,’ he pleaded. ‘For the next 64 waking hours, until Tuesday I want you to be a couch potato.

‘I don’t want you to go out, except for essentials, to get deliveries, supplies, medications, if you go out for a bit of exercise, for half an hour or an hour or so, that’s fine, but please stay home and save lives.

‘We’ve done such good work for the last three weeks, the majority of us, it would be a complete waste of that if we go out this weekend.

Dr Hilary has been debunking myths (Picture: ITV)

‘This weekend, please make that sacrifice, do it for the rest of the population. Stay home, save lives, be a couch potato, you’ve got films to watch, you’ve got CDs to listen to…’

Dr Hilary concluded by admitting: ‘I thought I’d never say this, but it’s really important.’

The Good Morning Britain star has also been answering questions on the show and debunking myths, previously pointing out that hot drinks will not help.

While he agreed that the sun and ultra violet light might help to kill particles on clothes, people also shouldn’t use it as an excuse to sunbathe.

‘The most important thing is to stay at home,’ Hilary warned. ‘Work from at home if you can. 

‘If you do go just for one form of exercise a day, keep it quite short. If you do want to go out as a household that’s fine but social distancing and no more than two people gathering in a public place.’ 

Good Morning Britain airs weekdays at 6am on ITV.

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