Jeremy Vine said having Covid-19 over Christmas after reporting on it for so long felt like meeting Elvis.
The host said on his current affairs program on Channel 5 that on December 22nd, he developed symptoms – including a persistent cough, muscle aches and fever.
The 55-year-old received a positive test result by Christmas after isolating himself in the guest room of his family home and recording a series of video diaries.
Dr. Sarah Jarvis, the resident doctor on his TV show, also had to self-isolate after Vine called to alert her of his positive result, even though she did not develop symptoms.
To kick off his show on Monday, Vine aired a series of videos that he recorded while self-isolating.
He told the audience: “I had a strange one, I had Covid. I felt a little sick on December 22nd and I was on the 23rd. “
After showing a video showing him looking pale and coughing, Vine added, “When you’ve reported so much about a virus and you finally get it, it’s like meeting Elvis. But on the third day, Christmas Day , I felt a little better, even though I now had a positive test result.
“I followed all the rules. The family is isolated. I had to isolate myself in the house. “
Vine downplayed his experience with the virus, saying he received a “light dusting” compared to some people, but admitted it was “no fun” taking a Covid-19 nasal test.
Explaining his initial symptoms to Guest Vernon Kay, he said, “I was basically feeling unwell. It’s just as vague. I felt a little overheated. “
The moderator, with the help of Dr. Jarvis, who provides scientific analysis, reports on the coronavirus pandemic on his Channel 5 and BBC Radio 2 broadcasts.
It came when Health Secretary Matt Hancock refused to rule out another national lockdown in England amid fears the new variant of the coronavirus was spreading out of control.
The latest data shows a 33% increase in the number of confirmed coronavirus patients in hospital in England between Christmas and January 2nd.