- The presenter has revealed he began to feel unwell four days before Christmas
- Clarkson then Googled his symptoms and eventually got tested for coronavirus
- He recalled: 'The doctor was very clear. I'd feel under the weather for between five and 14 days and then I'd either get better or I'd have to go to hospital'
- Clarkson admitted he felt 'scared' and was prepared for the 'Grim Reaper to poke his head around the door'
- The star was forced to isolate at the cottage he lives in with girlfriend Lisa and her children - but was unsure how much contact he could have with them
- Clarkson was concerned thanks to his age, 'unhealthy lifestyle' and the fact that he has had pneumonia twice in his life
- He said: 'I don't even know if I'm better now. Seriously, I have absolutely no idea'Jeremy Clarkson has revealed that he battled COVID-19 over Christmas and feared that he would 'die on my own' from it.
The presenter, 60, wrote about his health scare in his latest article for The Sunday Times, sharing that he began to feel unwell four days before Christmas.
Clarkson said that after Googling his symptoms, he eventually got tested for coronavirus where it came back positive.
'The doctor was very clear,' the presenter recalled in his column. 'I'd feel under the weather for between five and 14 days and then I'd either get better or I'd have to go to hospital.
'Where, because I am 60 and fat, and because I've smoked half a million cigarettes and had double pneumonia, I'd probably die, on my own, in a lonely plastic tent.' Detailing what happened, Clarkson explained he woke up drenched in sweat, suffered a persistent dry cough and went into isolation.
After batting off questions from friends about who could have given him the virus, Clarkson explained that he took himself off to bed with 'the new Don Winslow book and a bag of kale' and waited 'for the Grim Reaper to pop his head round the door'.
He went on: 'With every illness I've had, there has always been a sense that medicine and time would eventually ride to the rescue, but with COVID-19 you have to lie there, on your own, knowing that medicine is not on its way and that time is your worst enemy.'
Jeremy's children - Emily, Katya and Finlo, from his marriage to second wife Frances Cain - visited him on Christmas Day for 40 minutes and shared a glass of champagne with him at a distance in the garden (under Tier 2 rules).
He recalled that no-one knew how safe this actually was and added in the article that despite people claiming to know a 'great deal about COVID, we don't', the presenter also admitted that he has 'absolutely no idea' if he is even 'better now'.
Clarkson hinted he had suspected coronavirus two weeks ago, posting a snap of a COVID antigen test to Instagram.
He was seen over the Autumn filming new episodes of his Amazon Prime motoring show The Grand Tour, but the crew were sticking to strict safety measures.
That same month, he was seen struggling to eat a fry-up with co-host James May during a break from filming, using disposable cutlery.
He branded an Instagram clip 'COVID cutlery', seen in the video having issues slicing up bacon.