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“It could have gone either way,” British Prime Minister Boris Johnson said in a video message posted on April 12 as he reflected on his personal battle with COVID-19.
It was 16 days after Johnson tested positive for COVID-19 and three days after he spent 72 hours in an intensive-care unit in central London, which he credited with saving his life.
Over the last few years, there have been many comparisons – some apt, others a stretch – made between Britain’s leader and President Donald Trump: the political polarization, the scare-mongering over immigration, their distinctive hairstyles. Now, there’s a new one: Johnson may be one of the few world leaders who understands what Trump may be facing in the days and weeks ahead following his positive coronavirus diagnosis.
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Trump is currently receiving treatment at the Walter Reed National Military Hospital just outside Washington, D.C., where the White House said he will spend the next few days. His doctors say he is running a mild temperature and feeling fatigue but is otherwise doing OK.
First Lady Melania Trump and at least 9 other people who were in close proximity with the Trumps have also tested positive for the new coronavirus.
Boris Johnson’s COVID-19 blueprint
When Johnson tested positive for coronavirus in late March, he became the first world leader to publicly acknowledge his illness. His descent into the clutches of a disease, which he later said he believed he had only a “50-50” chance of surviving, started slowly.
Initially, Johnson vowed it would be “business as usual” because he, like Trump, had only “mild symptoms” – a slight fever. He said he would continue to work in isolation from his official office and residence at No. 10 Downing Street in London and keep in constant touch with his Cabinet and lawmakers. He would do this through, he said, the “wizardry of modern technology,” referring to applications such as Zoom and WhatsApp.
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It got off to a rocky start.
Within a few hours of his diagnosis, Johnson’s health secretary contracted the virus.
Still, Johnson remained upbeat.
“Although I am sequestered … I am absolutely confident we will beat it together,” he said in a video message published on his social media accounts on April 1.
At that point, he had been COVID-positive for four days.
A few days later, things still seemed to be going to plan.
Johnson appeared on the doorstep of Downing Street to “Clap for Carers” – applaud hospital staff and other emergency workers battling the epidemic on the frontlines.
But he looked unwell, even though aides insisted he would soon be on the mend, and it wouldn’t be long before