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Coronavirus: Rutland and Stamford Mercury cartoonist in self-isolation with symptoms including a temperature and dry cough

A cartoonist is in self isolation after displaying coronavirus symptoms.

John Elson, who illustrates for the Rutland and Stamford Mercury and its sister titles across Iliffe Media, has been in isolation after developing a temperature and dry cough.

Due to the NHS no longer testing people for coronavirus, John cannot be sure he has the illness.

Cartoonist, John Elson
Cartoonist, John Elson

John, 57, said: "That's the weird thing, I kind of suspect I have it because I'm filling all the criteria, but I could go back in the outside world and catch it."

Due to the nature of his job, he has recently been travelling all over the country to festivals and events, which is how he suspects he caught the virus.

His wife, who is showing symptoms, and his son, who hasn't developed symptoms, are both having to self-isolate too.

John Elson's cartoon of himself
John Elson's cartoon of himself

John, who lives in Ailsworth, said: "I'm sure I had it for four or five days and didn't realise.

"I have elderly parents to look after."

He added: "My son rang 111, they said just sit in the house and get friends to do shopping."

The family are currently only leaving the house to walk their dog and get fresh air.

Cartoonist, John Elson
Cartoonist, John Elson

They also had enough food in the house before contracting the illness to last them for part of the isolation period.

John said: "We are getting low on supplies but we have a nice community in Castor and Ailsworth."

Residents in Castor and Ailsworth have offered to help those in self-isolation and Nisa Local at Copeland Centre in Bretton is doing a delivery service to the villages.

Despite feeling ill, John's main concern is his work.

His diary, which was previously 'crammed', is now 'blank' due to the cancellation of events he was working at.

He said: "It's worrying times for everybody.

"I'm more worried about what I'm going to do to create."

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