Dad Jonathan was left fighting for his life after he and the rest of the family contracted COVID-19. So Gogglebox’s Tapper family proved they were well on the mend as they took part in a family TikTok dance video.
By following his health scare, patriarch Jonathan, 52, joined them in the humorous clip which saw them performing an energetic synchronised routine in their living room.
The video, shared on Twitter on April 10, was captioned: ‘About time we got off the couch…. nice try mum and dad xx’
The reactions were awesome:
‘Absolutely amazing! Wishing you best of health after everything! Love seeing a family do things together, even if out of time (like me lol). Miss you guys on @CHGogglebox.’
While another remarked: ‘That’s brilliant really made me chuckle.’
A third person tweeted: ‘Brilliant love it’, while another added: ‘Great movers all of you.’
Jonathan – who is diabetic and lost three stone last year after a warning from doctors about his health – is continuing to recover from the virus at home.
Nikki, 47, told The Daily Star Jonathan showed his first symptoms a month ago and said that he suffered a cough and high temperature and was left unable to move by the virus.
She added that he lay down on the sofa and didn’t move for two weeks, and at times he struggled to breathe.
Nikki continued: ‘We tended to him as best we could, but at times he seemed unable to breathe. Having spoken to the doctors, they urged us to stay home, but they said to quickly get an oxygen monitor, which fixed to his finger.’
She added that the rest of the family have also been infected by the virus, and Jonathan was watched by his daughter Amy when the virus reached its worst point.
Nikki said: ‘I tried to keep calm, asking him all the time if he could breathe. I felt that I couldn’t think straight because I was so unwell myself at the time too. Amy was crying.
‘But I kept vigil through the night and monitored his oxygen levels and luckily, with the help of 111 [NHS helpline], we got through to the next day.’