Monday, April 13, 2020

I wonder

Just how ill was Boris Johnson.

He complained of "mild" symptoms of Covid -19 and was tested positive for the virus on March 27th. Following his own guidelines, Johson self isolated in the flat at No11 Downing Street. He subsequently appeared on videos that he made of himself and looked dreadful.

On the 3rd April, Johnson said that he was still suffering from a "mild" symptom - a raised temperature.

April 5th, he was admitted to hospital for what was described by Downing Street as "precautionary measures" and tests.

By April 6th it was admitted that the Prime Minister had been moved to an intensive care unit where he was given oxygen. No 10 were insistant that he was NOT on a ventilator. He was attended to by two ICU nurses. Reports said that he remained conscious, had been comfortable and engaging with the staff.

After three nights, he was moved back to a general ward and was said to be in good spirits. The following day it was reported that he was taking short walks between periods of rest.

Yesterday, six days after he was admitted to hospital. Boris Johnson was discharged from hospital to recover at his country retreat. He made a video in which he thanked the staff at the hospital for saving him. In that video he looked much better - more his usual self.

The Daily Mail are suggesting that Boris had escaped death and that his chances were 50-50. They painted a picture of a PM continuing to work hard throughout his illness without regard for his own health - a great hero that some have even likened to Churchill.

I have no doubt that Johnson's condition was bad and that he was in real danger but let's not get over dramatic. For him to recover so quickly must surely mean that he was not in the same category as those who are on ventilators, heavily sedated and barely struggling to stay alive. Serious cases of this virus spend considerably more than a few days in ICU and weeks in hospital afterwards to recover. Johnson was lucky.

Let's hope that, when the next pay review for NHS staff comes up, he remembers his words of praise and instead of voting against and even clapping when their claim is turned down, the PM decides that they deserve recognition. It would be good if, at some point in the future, the Government admitted that ten years of cuts to the NHS was a big mistake - one that they will never repeat. 

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