MARK Wright hit back at Covid deniers saying the virus is "terrifying".
Coronavirus has shaken the star's family, with his mum, dad and two of his uncles contracting the deadly bug.
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His uncle Eddie — the father of his reality star cousin Elliott — is “critical” in hospital fighting the disease.
Addressing those who believed the virus is a hoax, Mark said: "I have good friends who are conspiracy theorists and they think it's all rubbish and you don't need to be locking down the country.
"My answer is, the Government, whether they are right or wrong, they know more than you, so, if they are telling you to do this, do it.
"Because until you get to a point where I am now, and I've had the hardest few weeks of my life and looking at basically potentially losing family members who are close to you or them being very sick.
"You will regret doing what you are doing. So listen to the rules, stay at home, there is a lockdown for a reason.
"Please just obey by these rules, it's so important. When you see it first hand, it's the most scariest virus you will ever see, the things it does to the body, what it's done to my dad. "
Yesterday, Mark said his family was living a Covid nightmare as he appeared on Good Morning Britain.
The one-time Towie regular was delighted when his dad Mark Snr came out of hospital — but the bug has left the 64-year-old not the same.
Mark, now a footballer, hid his anguish from fans on Sunday as he made his professional debut as a sub in Crawley Town’s historic FA Cup win over Leeds.
But he admitted he has just had the “scariest week” of his life.
Mark said about his critically ill uncle: “We’re praying every night we’re going to have a miracle. We’re getting good news each day.
“He is not getting worse — but we’re praying.”
And speaking about his dad, Mark said: “I mean, he's out of hospital and I hope he doesn't mind me saying this but, mentally something's not right there at the moment.
“He's okay but he's not my dad that he was four weeks ago. He's better and I'm hoping there's improvement more to come, but it can leave long lasting problems."
Mark's mum Carol revealed she caught the virus on New Years' Eve.
She said: “What a year this has been. This Christmas and New Year, I was unable to spend it with my loved ones.
“My hubby and I have got attacked with the virus all over Christmas, my husband is fighting it, I am suffering the worst coughing fits ever.”
But determined Carol added: “My hubby and I will pull through this.
“It has taught me something in life, ‘Never think that this virus isn’t real’.”
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