Simon Gregson, 45, who’s played Steve McDonald on ITV soap opera Coronation Street since 1989, thanked NHS staff last week for their efforts during the coronavirus pandemic. While praising their work, he revealed he’d contracted COVID-19 and it was “bloody awful”.
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To say thank you to the NHS, Simon offered his classic car and motorbike to staff.
In his admission on Twitter last week, he said: “Dear NHS workers I have two classic projects (car and bike) if you ride or drive and like fettling old machinery they’re yours.
“Just a little thank you. They need work! But don’t we all. No delivery for obvs reasons oh and thank you.”
Simon gave people a glimpse of the car on Thursday’s This Morning.
Last Friday, the actor revealed details of his illness.
He tweeted: “Thanks twitterford for all the kind messages feel tonnes better today.
“Heart goes out to all the people who have suffered so much more. Stay safe.”
The previous day he’d announced: “First day out of bed today starting to feel a little better after contracting the virus.
“My main symptom was gastric and still is bloody awful but lucky to not have respiratory. Stay safe everyone x.”
Simon revealed he’d had diarrhoea three days straight which made him nauseous, as well as a high temperature, shivers and sweats.
He added: “Started with diarrhoea which became crazy regular then very high temps shivers sweats very sharp pains strange fuzzy head and behind the eyes.”
The Corrie star also told how two relatives had the virus and one sadly died.
He wrote: “We have two family members confirmed in hospital and one sadly passed away.”
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What are the symptoms of coronavirus?
The main symptoms of coronavirus are listed by the NHS as:
- A high temperature – this means you feel hot to touch on your chest or back (you do not need to measure your temperature)
- A new, continuous cough – this means coughing a lot for more than an hour, or 3 or more coughing episodes in 24 hours (if you usually have a cough, it may be worse than usual)
The health body advises to protect others, don’t go to places like a GP surgery, pharmacy or hospital. Stay at home.
To find out what to do, use the 111 online coronavirus service.
The UK government is advising everyone stay at home to help stop the spread of coronavirus.
You should only leave your home for very limited purposes. These include:
- Shopping for basic necessities, for example food and medicine, which must be as infrequent as possible
- One form of exercise a day, for example a run, walk, or cycle – alone or with members of your household
- Any medical need, including to donate blood, avoid or escape risk of injury or harm, or to provide care or to help a vulnerable person
- Travelling for work purposes, but only where you cannot work from home
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