“I shook hands with everybody”

JM Ashby
Written by JM Ashby

British Prime Minister Boris Johnson eventually took the coronavirus pandemic more seriously once studies indicated that it would obliterate society if it was allowed to spread unchecked, but before that time Johnsnon publicly boasted that he was still shaking hands with "everybody" including patients who may have the virus.

Johnson recently tested positive for the virus but now things have become even more serious. Johnson was moved into an intensive care unit (ICU) this evening.

From BBC:

Prime Minister Boris Johnson has been moved to intensive care in hospital after his coronavirus symptoms "worsened", Downing Street has said.

Mr Johnson has asked Foreign Secretary Dominic Raab to deputise "where necessary", a spokesman added. [...]

"Over the course of this afternoon, the condition of the prime minister has worsened and, on the advice of his medical team, he has been moved to the intensive care unit at the hospital."

I'm not here to gloat about Johnson's unfortunate turn for the worse; I'm just here to say that the virus doesn't care who you are or what your political beliefs are.

Pretending that the virus doesn't exist, or that it will disappear "like a miracle," as Trump once insisted, only makes it more likely that you or someone you care about will be infected.

Moreover, very little is known about the virus even at this point. We know that those with underlying conditions are more vulnerable to complications but, beyond that, we don't know why some people die and others do not. We don't know why some people don't display symptoms even if they're carrying it. Boris Johnson may be healthier and receive better medical care than the average person, but that doesn't guarantee any outcome. I am personally in the best physical shape of my life now, but that doesn't necessarily mean I would survive if i were infected even if it does improve my chances.

It's better not to take a chance. Don't 'shake everyone's hands' because you feel like being a contrarian oaf.

  • mnpollio

    For the life of me, I still cannot fathom how Trump, who first called the virus a hoax and flouted as many safety concerns as possible, does not have it. I guess even a deadly virus has its standards and doesn’t wish to touch pure evil.

  • muselet

    I wish Boris Johnson a speedy and full recovery, as I wish for every person who has contracted Covid-19.

    As for everyone else, “Hey, let’s be careful out there.”


  • Badgerite

    When people like Boris Johnson and Ron Johnson ( our alleged Senator from Wisconsin) talk about letting the virus play out in the population until “herd immunity” is achieved, they always seem to assume that they and theirs will not be the ones ‘culled’ by the virus. A virus has no politics. The social distancing is paying off. It has to be maintained until the scientists and medical community can get a handle on developing effective treatments. Until that happens, the economy will not recover anyway. Japan, where they thought they had the virus contained, just had another uptick in cases today. People dying all over tends to put a damper on consumer confidence.

  • Aynwrong

    Boris Johnson, much like Donald Trump, was elected on a platform of racism, xenophobia and fear mongering. He used the power of his government to harm people because of their ethnicity, religious affiliation or just their skin color. He then endangered the lives of his own citizens because the one time he should have been telling people to be afraid, he didn’t.

    Chez Pazienza (may he rest in peace) used to say that he had a “limited reservoir of outrage.” Well, I have a limited reservoir of sympathy.

    I’ll leave it there.

  • katanahamon

    Many ppl “in the best physical shape” have already been killed. A frightening aspect of this virus is that fifty percent may show no symptoms at all. These ppl go on to spread and spread and spread, so..we may see a peak of activity, (meaning deaths) but, we could be stuck with this for far longer than we can possibly imagine. Maybe even, or likely even until we have a vaccine..

    I’ve read and seen many heartbreaking accounts, and I’m hoping that ppl realize that yes, it actually is time to assign blame for this. Blame an incompetent administration lead by the most incompetent fool ever elected. Blame them for eliminating a pandemic preparedness department. Blame them for downplaying this at the most crucial time of all..the beginning, when efforts to contain this would have had the greatest effect. Blame them for continuing to allow the spread by not enacting and enforcing lockdowns. Blame them for not getting our medical providers the equipment they need to protect them and us. Blame them for causing completely preventable deaths. Blame Rump himself for having rallies and playing golf while this virus spread throughout the United States. Blame him for his stupidity in recommending untested drugs and false hopes. I could go on and on..but this gets us nowhere. Just vote them out, and try to see that the R’s don’t cheat their way into the White House again..

    • Aynwrong

      Well said.