Susanna Reid has put herself into self-isolation for 14 days due to coronavirus (Covid-19) symptoms in her household.
The 49-year-old TV presenter appeared on Good Morning Britain via videolink and explained to co-host Piers Morgan that one of her sons has a cough and so she is following government advice and will not be coming to work.
Reid said: “My boys are teenagers so nothing much scares them. They are more concerned about not seeing their friends.”
She went on: “I have a perfectly normal temperature, everyone else in my house has a normal temperature. My son has a cough and we have no way of testing whether it is coronavirus. I don’t think it is, I think it’s just a seasonal cough. Under normal circumstances I would have come in but yesterday the government advice changed - if anyone in your household has a high temperature or persistent cough - and so I am following that advice.”
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Reid has three sons - Finn, Jack and Sam - with ex-partner Dominic Cotton, from whom she separated in 2014.
I am currently well but due to the new advice today I will be self-isolating for two weeks due to symptoms in my household. Stay well everyone ♥️— Susanna Reid (@susannareid100) March 16, 2020
Morgan, 54, joked that GMB’s Charlotte Hawkins was more than happy for Reid to take the rest of the year off while she filled in for her as co-host of the show.
Reid admitted she is going to miss work and speculated she might write a novel, or try and homeschool her sons.
She said: “I love my work. I love coming in to work. I love the daily battles! It gives me so much pleasure broadcasting to the viewers and I am going to miss that.”
Reid went on: “Yesterday I just sat and scrolled through Twitter all day. I am going to have to fill my time a lot more productively or I will go out of my mind.
“We all think we’ve got a novel in us - so whether I set about writing a novel... or do a lot of cooking and baking. Or set up a home school. We will see.”
And the TV presenter and parent said even following the advice to self-isolate for 14 days, she still has a lot of unanswered questions.
She said: “There is no test that we have access to. There is no test for immunity. How do we know if we do get through it and are better at the end of that 14 days? There will be many people with the same questions.”