Catherine Tyldesley has revealed that her husband Tom and 5-year-old son Alfie have tested positive for Covid-19 antibodies after caching the virus on a flight.
The former Coronation Street star, 36, had spoken out in November last year over her concerns that her family had fallen ill after a man on their flight had collapsed.
The actress has now insisted that Tom and Alfie had coronavirus last year after they both tested positive for antibodies.
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Taking to Instagram, Catherine wrote: “We have just got our test results back. I thought Tom and Alfie had it in November and nobody quite believed it. It turns out I was right.
“This ugly little b*****d of a disease has been flying around longer than we have been told.”
Catherine had spoken about the horrific illness Tom encountered during an interview on Good Morning Britain, saying her husband had complained of being unable to breathe.
“We travelled to Dubai in November, and when were on the flight there was a young chap who collapsed several times,” she explained.
“He was receiving oxygen from the amazing staff on board. We made it to Dubai and he got whisked away.
“The following morning Tom was in the spare room and he said, 'I can't breathe'. He was wheezing, and he's never poorly. So I knew something was really wrong.
“He got taken to hospital. They thought initially it was some kind of pneumonia. By day four Alfie's temperature went up to 40 so we had the paramedics out once again.”
Catherine added: “I revealed this on Instagram once the holiday was over, and at least eight people DM'd me and said, ‘I was on that flight, and I got it, or my wife got it, or my child go it.’
“So, for me, I think this has been knocking around probably since September or October, and it's gradually been building.
“I’ve never seen Tom that poorly and he had every symptom of the coronavirus. Alfie wasn't as bad, but as we now know it doesn't tend to affect children as badly, in most cases. It’s too much of a coincidence.”
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