Paul O'Grady believes he has coronavirus and treating it with vinegar

Paul O’Grady, 64, believes he caught coronavirus and treated it with a homemade vinegar concoction (even though there is no evidence it works)

  • He combined cider vinegar, garlic and rosemary, lemongrass, parsley and a bay leaf after a similar potion was used to fend off the plague in the 1600s
  • The presenter said he ‘definitely’ had the coronavirus although he hasn’t been diagnosed by a doctor 
  • Paul previously stepped down from his BBC Radio 2 show to go into self-isolation for fear the ongoing COVID:19 crisis could affect his heart issues
  • The broadcaster, who has had three heart attacks, is in the NHS at-risk category
  • Anyone with symptoms should seek medical advice

Paul O’Grady has said he believes he contracted the coronavirus and has been treating it with a homemade vinegar concoction. 

The 64-year-old told radio presenter Gaby Roslin, 55, he combined cider vinegar, garlic and rosemary, lemongrass, parsley and a bay leaf after a similar potion was used to fend off the plague in the 1600s.

However, there is no evidence that this works and anyone with symptoms should seek medical advice. 

Call the doctor? Paul O’Grady, 64, told Gaby Roslin he is convinced he caught the coronavirus and battled it with a homemade vinegar concoction from the 1600s

Paul said: ‘I’m alright now. Last week I had flu like symptoms. I didn’t have the cough bad, I certainly didn’t have the temperature or anything like that so I just got on with it. 

‘That was when the heating had gone so it was minus two down here and freezing and I thought someone had got it in for me. I’m fine now.’

While he has not been diagnosed, Paul is convinced he did in fact have the coronavirus. 

He said: ‘Most definitely. That’s knocking about, but there’s also flus and seasonal colds going about so you’ve got to tell yourself and learn the difference.

Paul said: ‘I’m alright now. Last week I had flu like symptoms. I didn’t have the cough bad, I certainly didn’t have the temperature or anything like that so I just got on with it’

‘The coronavirus… you’d know if you caught that. I lay on the couch with the fire on and the dogs on top of me moaning. When you are lying on the couch dying or you think you are. It was sheer exhaustion like Chris Evans had too.’ 

Paul admitted he had made up the vinegar solution himself, calling it Four Thieves Vinegar. 

He said: ‘In France during the plague in the 1600s four thieves were going around and they were knocking off everybody’s houses and robbing the dead so when they were finally sentenced to be burned at the stake the magistrate said if you tell us how you’ve managed to survive not getting the plague I’ll lower the sentence to hanging which was big of him. 

‘Basically this is the recipe which is cider vinegar with as many cloves of garlic in it as you can take and four different kinds of herbs to represent the four thieves.

He said: ‘The coronavirus… you’d know if you caught that. I lay on the couch with the fire on and the dogs on top of me moaning. When you are lying on the couch dying or you think you are. It was sheer exhaustion like Chris Evans had too’

‘I’ve got a bit of rosemary, parsley, and lemon grass, and bay leaf and leave it to steep and just have a tiny little bit every day. I’m having it at the moment, oh God yeah.’ 

Paul previously revealed he was stepping down from his BBC Radio 2 show to go into self-isolation for fear the ongoing COVID:19 crisis could affect his heart issues.

Due to his pre-existing issues putting him in the at-risk category, the broadcaster, who has had three heart attacks, is in the NHS advised at-risk category.

In his message, which was shared on BBC Radio 2’s Twitter account on Monday, the star quipped: ‘I’d only been back for one show after an absence and I’m off again!

‘But I’m one of these people who falls into the category of underlying health problems and that’s because I’ve had heart attacks.

‘I’ve been strongly advised to self-isolate, so that’s exactly what I’m doing. I’m down in the wilds of Kent with a very lively five weeks old puppy, so I’ve got my hands full and I’ve got plenty to do, and I’d just like to say to everybody else who’s self isolating – good luck and keep healthy and look after yourselves.

‘And a big thank you to everyone in the NHS for all they’re doing. I’ll speak to you all when all this is finished so take care and once again Paddy, thanks very much and have a good show,” he said to his replacement. 

The TV and radio personality lives in Kent countryside with his husband of three years, Andre Portasio. 

Love and marriage: The TV and radio personality lives in Kent countryside with his husband of three years, Andre Portasio. Pictured together in January 2018

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