President Donald Trump expressed his wishes for a speedy recovery to U.K. Prime Minister Boris Johnson after he was hospitalized with coronavirus.
Johnson, 55, was admitted to hospital with “persistent” symptoms on Sunday, his office said—10 days after he tested positive for COVID-19, the disease caused by the novel coronavirus.
Trump started his coronavirus news briefing later on Sunday with a message for Johnson—who he called a “great friend”—and said he was sure he would recover. “I want to express our nation’s well wishes to Prime Minister Boris Johnson as he wages his own personal fight with the virus,” Trump said.
“All Americans are praying for him. He’s a friend of mine. He’s a great gentleman and a great leader… as you know, he was brought to the hospital today, but I’m hopeful and sure that he’s going to be fine. He’s a strong man, strong person.”
A spokesperson said Johnson had been taken to hospital for tests following the advice of his doctor. “This is a precautionary step, as the Prime Minister continues to have persistent symptoms of coronavirus ten days after testing positive for the virus,” the spokesperson said in a statement.
“The Prime Minister thanks [National Heath Service] staff for all of their incredible hard work and urges the public to continue to follow the Government’s advice to stay at home, protect the NHS and save lives.”
Johnson remains in charge of the U.K. government, but Dominic Raab, the foreign secretary, was expected to chair Monday’s coronavirus meeting, the BBC reported.
The prime minister was last seen in public applauding the country’s healthcare workers at his door on Downing Street on Thursday evening. The following morning, he posted on social media that although he was “feeling better,” he would continue to self-isolate as he was still experiencing minor symptoms.
“I still have a temperature. So in accordance with government advice, I must continue my self-isolation until that symptom itself goes,” he said.
On Saturday, Johnson’s pregnant fiancée Carrie Symonds, 32, revealed she had spent a week in bed with coronavirus symptoms, but said she had not been tested. Symonds usually lives with Johnson at 11 Downing Street, but is isolating away from him at her home in Camberwell, London, the Evening Standard reported.
She posted on Twitter: “I’ve spent the past week in bed with the main symptoms of Coronavirus. I haven’t needed to be tested and, after seven days of rest, I feel stronger and I’m on the mend,” she wrote.
Centers for Disease Control and Prevention Advice on Using Face Coverings to Slow Spread of COVID-19
- CDC recommends wearing a cloth face covering in public where social distancing measures are difficult to maintain.
- A simple cloth face covering can help slow the spread of the virus by those infected and by those who do not exhibit symptoms.
- Cloth face coverings can be fashioned from household items. Guides are offered by the CDC. (https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/prevent-getting-sick/diy-cloth-face-coverings.html)
- Cloth face coverings should be washed regularly. A washing machine will suffice.
- Practice safe removal of face coverings by not touching eyes, nose, and mouth, and wash hands immediately after removing the covering.
World Health Organization advice for avoiding spread of coronavirus disease (COVID-19)
- Clean hands frequently with soap and water, or alcohol-based hand rub.
- Wash hands after coughing or sneezing; when caring for the sick; before, during and after food preparation; before eating; after using the toilet; when hands are visibly dirty; and after handling animals or waste.
- Maintain at least 1 meter (3 feet) distance from anyone who is coughing or sneezing.
- Avoid touching your hands, nose and mouth. Do not spit in public.
- Cover your mouth and nose with a tissue or bent elbow when coughing or sneezing. Discard the tissue immediately and clean your hands.
- Avoid close contact with others if you have any symptoms.
- Stay at home if you feel unwell, even with mild symptoms such as headache and runny nose, to avoid potential spread of the disease to medical facilities and other people.
- If you develop serious symptoms (fever, cough, difficulty breathing) seek medical care early and contact local health authorities in advance.
- Note any recent contact with others and travel details to provide to authorities who can trace and prevent spread of the disease.
- Stay up to date on COVID-19 developments issued by health authorities and follow their guidance.
Mask and glove usage
- Healthy individuals only need to wear a mask if taking care of a sick person.
- Wear a mask if you are coughing or sneezing.
- Masks are effective when used in combination with frequent hand cleaning.
- Do not touch the mask while wearing it. Clean hands if you touch the mask.
- Learn how to properly put on, remove and dispose of masks. Clean hands after disposing of the mask.
- Do not reuse single-use masks.
- Regularly washing bare hands is more effective against catching COVID-19 than wearing rubber gloves.
- The COVID-19 virus can still be picked up on rubber gloves and transmitted by touching your face.