Boris Johnson receives oxygen support as he battles covid-19
Covid-19, the disease caused by the novel coronavirus, can inflame a patient’s airways and make it difficult to breathe. Some patients go on to develop pneumonia, which can lead to acute respiratory distress syndrome, an often fatal outcome.
Johnson, 55, has no known underlying health conditions.
Cabinet Office Minister Michael Gove said Tuesday that the government “will ensure the country is updated” on Johnson’s condition. Before Johnson’s transfer to the ICU at St. Thomas’ Hospital in London on Monday evening, government officials evaded questions about his condition and what tests and treatment he was receiving.
Later on Tuesday, Gove said he himself would have to go into isolation at home for 14 days after a family member began to display mild symptoms of coronavirus infection.
Foreign Secretary Dominic Raab has been deputized by the prime minister to lead the British government during Johnson’s absence.
Raab ran the morning’s daily covid-19 meeting via teleconference. Asked Monday by the BBC if …continued .
[Source: Washington Post]