BBC newsreader Huw Edwards urges people to follow coronavirus rules as he reveals he's been in hospital with pneumonia

BBC newsreader Huw Edwards revealed he had been hospitalised with pneumonia and urged people to follow the coronavirus 'stay at home' guidelines.

Now on the mend, the broadcast journalist, 58, said that he will return to screens this week after he was treated at Kings College Hospital in London.

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Sharing his health update on Twitter yesterday, he wrote: "Big thanks to @KingsCollegeNHS for superb care #pneumonia.

"I'll be back at @BBCNews this week — keep safe everyone and follow the guidelines #StayHomeSaveLives."

However, he didn't comment on whether he had tested positive for coronavirus during his hospital stay.

The newsreader's post was flooded with well wishes and messages of support from followers who were glad to learn he was "on the mend".

Fellow broadcaster Alistair Bruce congratulated him on "conquering" the respiratory infection.

The Sky News journalist wrote: "Huw, really good news that you have conquered this vile pestilence and our thanks to those that fought with you. #NHSheroes."

Pneumonia is an inflammation of the tissue in one or both lungs, which is caused by a bacterial infection.

According to the NHS, symptoms of pneumonia include a cough, high temperature, difficulty breathing and a rapid heartbeat.

What are the symptoms of pneumonia?

  • A dry and/or phlegm-y cough
  • Rapid breathing
  • Breathlessness
  • Chest pain
  • Fever
  • Sweating and shivering
  • Loss of appetite
  • Rapid heartbeat
  • Coughing up blood
  • Headaches
  • Tiredness
  • Nausea and vomiting
  • Wheezing
  • Muscle pain
  • Confusion

His post comes as the NHS continues to be stretched amid the coronavirus pandemic sweeping the UK.

The virus is believed to be transmitted between people through droplets spread from coughing and touching or shaking hands.

As well as the main symptoms of a high temperature and dry cough, the Word Health Organisation (WHO) website has a list of mild signs which may indicate coronavirus, including: aches and pains, nasal congestion, sore throat or diarrhoea.

If you are sneezing and have symptoms of the coronavirus, you should be self-isolating.

This means staying at home for seven days if you live alone and extending this to 14 days if you live with other people.

With any of these mild-symptoms, self-isolating is a precautionary measure, but in regards to treatment, you shouldn't need any, irrespective if you have contracted the disease or not, although you should call the NHS 111 number to confirm.

To protect others and yourself from coronavirus, do not go to places like a GP surgery, pharmacy or hospital.


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