Boris Johnson’s chances of COVID-19 recovery were ‘50-50’

Boris Johnson’s chances of COVID-19 recovery were ‘50-50’, by Tim Shipman.

On Monday night, aides and ministers exchanged bleak phone calls and messages about COVID-19 survival rates. “It’s 50-50,” was the common refrain. For a tight-knit group who see Johnson as their talisman as well as their boss, it was a shattering experience. One aide said: “I’m going to pray.”

And has since recovered and is out of hospital.

British Prime Minister Boris Johnson has travelled to his country retreat Chequers to recuperate from a week-long hospital stay where his battle against coronavirus included three nights in intensive care. …

He thanked and named two staff who watched over him for 48 hours “when things could have gone either way, as being ‘Jenny from New Zealand — Invercargill on the South Island, to be exact — and Luis from Portugal, near Porto’.”

He added: “And the reason in the end my body did start to get enough oxygen was because for every second of the night they were watching and they were thinking and they were caring and making the interventions I needed.”