Susanna Reid: GMB host slams runner for ‘coughing and spitting’ near her amid coronavirus

Susanna Reid, 49, has explained she dealt with an “unpleasant” experience while on her daily walk during the coronavirus lockdown. The presenter opened up about the situation while talking to Doctor Hilary Jones on Good Morning Britain this morning, as she addressed her concerns about the spread of the virus.

Susanna recalled that a jogger “coughed and then spat” near her when he ran past her.

The star said: “When I went out walking the other day, a runner ran past me and then coughed and then spat.”

The presenter then turned to Doctor Hilary for advice, adding: “It is normal for runners to do that in normal situations. 

“It is not particularly pleasant. Surely right now, it is spreading the virus.”

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The medical expert reassured Susanna in response, as he admitted it is “something to be discouraged but it is not a major threat”.

Dr Hilary replied: “When you are running you produce more saliva and you do see runners spit the saliva away.

“Of course it is coming from the mouth and throat and potentially if you are carrying the virus the virus would exist on the ground or wherever for unto a few hours.”

He continued: “It is not a nice habit and something to be discouraged but it is not a major threat.”

Susanna recently returned to her work on GMB after self-isolating when a member of her household came down with symptoms of Covid-19.

Two weeks ago, the broadcaster shared the news with her 683,000 Twitter followers.

She wrote: “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.”

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Susanna then updated fans about her and her family’s health via a video call from her home on the programme.

The mum-of-three, who shares her sons with ex-husband Dominic Cotton, stated she was showing “no symptoms” and believed her son’s illness was only a “seasonal cold”.

“One of the boys – one of my children – has a cough, a persistent cough, and that came on yesterday,” she said.

“Before the briefing yesterday afternoon, the advice had been the person themselves would be confined to the house for seven days,” Susanna continued to explain.


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“Well, suddenly with these new drastic action measures that changed yesterday afternoon, it meant if one member of your household had the cough or fever you would all have to go in self isolation for 14 days.”

She added: “Immediately, I thought I can’t go into work and work with you guys for 14 days.

“All the children are off. We’re two households. It’s a very unusual situation. I am very, very lucky. I’m paid even when I’m sick. I’m in a privileged position.”

Good Morning Britain airs weekdays at 6am on ITV.

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