Susanna Reid reflects on the small silver linings of self-isolation

Megan Sutton
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Good Morning Britain presenter Susanna Reid has shared an update on her self-isolation, and she's focusing on some of the positives.

Earlier this week, Susanna shared the news she's self-isolating with her household after one of her children showed symptoms of coronavirus.

“I am currently well but due to the new advice today I will be self-isolating for two weeks due to symptoms in my household,” she wrote on Twitter. “Stay well everyone.”

Mum-of-three Susanna has today (19 March) shared an update on day four of the family's isolation and is highlighting the small silver linings of the situation.

Speaking via video link to GMB colleague Ranvir Singh, Susanna said her sons aren't fazed by isolation.

“They’re teenagers and so really nothing fazes them too much. I think I’d be more concerned if they were a little bit younger and they perhaps would be feeling a bit more sensitive in terms of anxiousness, but they’ve actually been brilliant, absolutely brilliant," she said.

Talking about the family's ability to get outside still, she added:

“We are in day four of self-isolation. They are still getting exercise, so as long as we keep our distance from other people we’re still able to get fresh air, make sure we’re not going stir crazy and not getting cabin fever."

Susanna also spoke about the benefit of being able to use technology to stay in touch with friends and other family members.

"They’re on their phones all the time, so there may be physical distance from their friends but there isn’t social distance. It’s really important to stay in touch.

"Just looking ahead, it’s Mother’s Day on Sunday and normally, that would be a big family occasion for us and we’d see mum. Now we’re switching that from face to face contact to FaceTime contact and, in fact, my boys said: ‘We’ll probably see more of grandma now we’re in isolation, because we’re on FaceTime all the time! Making sure she doesn’t feel left out,'" Susanna said.

The TV host revealed she has hopes her sons will help her out in the kitchen given they're at home with a new abundance of free time.

“We’ve got two households self-isolating so we’re sharing the cooking. I would absolutely love there to be an opportunity where the boys could really get into making some of the meals," she said.

It's good to hear from a mum self-isolating that there's still plenty of opportunity for human connection and learning new skills.

Read more of our tips on how to cope with coronavirus anxiety.

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