John Bishop ‘flattened’ by Covid-19 after testing positive on Christmas Day

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John Bishop has said he has been "flattened" by coronavirus after testing positive on Christmas Day.

The comedian, 54, said both he and his wife Melanie contracted the virus over the festive period.

He said they are suffering from a range of symptoms including headaches, nausea and "incredibly chronic fatigue", despite both being non-smokers and usually fit.

Bishop also shared with his 3.5 million Twitter followers a screenshot of an NHS notification informing him he had tested positive.

He wrote: "This came through on Christmas Day. This is the worst illness I have ever had, debilitating headaches, muscle joint and even skin pain, dizziness, nausea, no appetite, incredibly chronic fatigue.

"My wife and I are fit non smokers and it's flattened us. I don't wish this on anyone."

The Liverpool-born comic has been married to Melanie since 1993 and they have three sons.

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The Duchess of Cambridge sits with British comedian John Bishop as she listens to speeches at The Willows Primary School, Wythenshawe, Manchester where she launched a new school counselling programme to help combat the effects of drug and alcohol addiction.
Duchess of Cornwall speaks with John Bishop during the Royal Variety Performance, at the London Palladium, in central London.
Comedian John Bishop takes a photo prior to the Premier League match at Anfield, Liverpool.
John Bishop performing during the Teenage Cancer Trust comedy night, at the Royal Albert Hall, London. Picture date: Wednesday March 27, 2019. Photo credit should read: Matt Crossick/Empics
Comedian John Bishop (left) in the stands during the Premier League match at the Vitality Stadium, Bournemouth.
John Bishop before the 2018 British Grand Prix at Silverstone Circuit, Towcester.
John Bishop and Paddy McGuinness outside the door of 10 Downing Street, London, ahead of a visit to promote the Soccer Aid for Unicef charity football match, which takes place on Sunday June 10 at Old Trafford.
John Motson with his special BAFTA Award, and John Bishop, at the Virgin TV British Academy Television Awards 2018 held at the Royal Festival Hall, Southbank Centre, London.
John Bishop performing at the Teenage Cancer Trust comedy night, at the Royal Albert Hall in London.
Comedian John Bishop with his wax figure which was unveiled at Madame Tussauds in Blackpool.
John Bishop talks to guests at a reception at Buckingham Palace to celebrate The Queen's Young Leaders programme and present awards to the first successful winners of the Commonwealth project.
(Left - right) Chris Pratt, Melissa McCarthy, Graham Norton, Jude Law, John Bishop and Florence Welch during filming of the Graham Norton Show at the London Studios, south London, to be aired on Friday.
The Duchess of Cambridge and comedian John Bishop visit a M-PACT (Moving Parents and Children Together) Plus Counselling programme at the Blessed Sacrament School in Islington, North London.
(left to right) Patrick Kielty, Richard Bacon, Micky Flanagan, Jason Manford, Rob Beckett, Hal Cruttenden and John Bishop backstage during the Teenage Cancer Trust series of charity gigs, at the Royal Albert Hall, in London.
Mark Wright and John Bishop during the celebrity football match between Nick Grimshaw's team Radio One-derers (white) and Olly Murs' team Tottenham Hot-murs (red), at Wembley Stadium, north London.
(Left - right) Paul Hollywood, Mary Berry, Graham Norton, Hugh Jackman, Billy Crystal and John Bishop during filming of the New Year's Eve edition of the Graham Norton show, filmed at the London Studios, London.
John Bishop who assisted the Sea Life Trust care team during the transfer of two Beluga Whales, Little Grey and Little White, from the landside care pool to the bayside care pool where they will be acclimatised to the natural environment of their new home at the open water sanctuary in Klettsvik Bay in Iceland. The two Beluga whales, named Little Grey and Little White, are being moved to the world's first open-water whale sanctuary after travelling from an aquarium in China 6,000 miles away in June 2019.
Comedian John Bishop arrives in Greenwich with Robbie Savage (right) and members of his support team on his first official stop in London, during the third of three marathons in three days on final day of his 290 mile triathlon from Paris to London called Bishop's Week of Hell in aid of Sport Relief.
(Left - right) James McAvoy, Joanna Lumley and John Bishop during the filming of the Graham Norton Show at The London Studios, south London. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Thursday October 27, 2011. Photo credit should read: Ian West/PA Wire
James Corden (right) and John Bishop of Sky's A League of Thier Own with Matt Le Tissier during the half time penalty shoot out

After his live stand-up dates for 2020 were cancelled due to Covid-19, he launched a podcast with writer, actor and director Tony Pitts.

Three Little Words sees the pair talk to people about their lives, hopes, struggles and beliefs, inspired by the three words that mean something important to them, as well as the word they hope to never hear again.

The duo have interviewed stars including Robbie Williams, Jason Manford and Rachel Shenton, as well as less well known people, about the words that have had an impact on their lives.

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