July 9, 2020

Screenwriter Jack Thorne ‘feeling better’ after suspecting he had coronavirus

British screenwriter Jack Thorne, who suspected he had contracted COVID-19, on Wednesday said he is feeling better and might not have the disease after all. The writer, best known for his work on shows such as “His Dark Materials” and “Shameless” , had said in a post on Twitter on Monday that he is receiving treatment for an illness which he suspects to be coronovirus. “Seem to have Covid, which is not reacting great with my asthma. Amazing treatment from my GP over the phone, taking the time to give me all sorts of tests THEN consulting with a colleague before prescribing. Feel like I’ve been run over by an elephant but in total awe of the NHS,” Thorne had said.

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He said his symptoms were high temperature, cough and exhaustion, which had aggravated his asthma. On Wednesday, the writer gave an update on his condition. “Feeling better after two days of steroids. Still very tired, but the elephant has been replaced by a mountain lion. Of course it could not be COVID-19 (wish we had Germany’s resources) in which case this is not reassuring to anyone. But, for me, at this moment, the drugs have worked,” Thorne said.

In an update today, Thorne said: “Feeling better after two days of steroids. Still v tired, but the elephant has been replaced by a mountain lion. Of course it could not be Covid (wish we had Germany’s resources) in which case this is not reassuring to anyone. But, for me, at this moment, the drugs have worked.”

Thorne has not been tested because the UK’s testing regime is not as sophisticated as other countries, including Germany and South Korea, but said his doctor has been “amazing” throughout the process. His asthma means he is considered an “increased risk” individual by the health service. Thorne also suffers from a condition called cholinergic urticaria, which means he is allergic to heat and his own body movement. He calls it an “invisible disability.”

The writer has received hundreds of well-wishes on Twitter. “Sorry to hear this, Jack. Wishing you a rapid recovery,” said Bodyguard writer Jed Mercurio. Channel 4 CEO Alex Mahon added: “Look after yourself and rest.” Good Omens scribe Neil Gaiman also commented: “Sending love and worried get well wishes by the bucketload.”

Thorne, who penned the Harry Potter And The Cursed Child play, has written Damien Chazelle’s Netflix music drama The Eddy, the feature film Radioactive, starring Rosamund Pike as Marie Curie for Amazon and Studiocanal, and the Marc Munden-directed adaptation of The Secret Garden. He is currently adapting Charles Dickens’ classic novel A Tale of Two Cities with Legendary Global.

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