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April 6, 2020 9:17 PM UTC

Boris Johnson Is in ICU – Did UK Government Lie About ‘Mild’ Symptoms?

Boris Johnson is in intensive care after his COVID-19 symptoms 'worsened.' It's hard to believe he went to the hospital with 'mild' symptoms just yesterday. People might actually start listening if our leaders were more honest about this disease.
  • British PM Boris Johnson was moved to intensive care today as his COVID-19 symptoms “worsened.”
  • He was admitted into the hospital yesterday with “mild” symptoms.
  • It seems likely that his symptoms were much worse than reported yesterday. Governments need to stop sugar-coating this threat.

British Prime Minister Boris Johnson’s condition has “worsened,” according to a spokesman for the UK Government. Johnson contracted the coronavirus 11 days ago.

Source: Twitter

He was admitted to the hospital on Sunday with ‘mild’ symptoms, and now he’s in intensive care. It makes you wonder how ‘mild’ those symptoms were in the first place.

Boris Johnson Takes a Turn For the Worse

Earlier today, Boris Johnson seemed to be doing relatively well. The British PM tweeted that he was “in good spirits.”

Source: Twitter

According to CNBC, a spokesperson for the UK Government said:

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.

Hopefully, Boris and his doctors see a speedy recovery, but the timeline of events is nonetheless suspicious.

Why Is Boris Going to the Hospital for ‘Mild’ Symptoms?

It seems odd that Boris Johnson would go to the hospital over ‘mild’ symptoms. In the United States, you can’t even get tested with ‘mild’ symptoms.

It’s even more strange that those mild symptoms would grow so intense in just hours. Johnson, after all, has had COVID-19 for almost two weeks. It seems more likely that he went to the hospital because things took a turn for the worse. It appears that the trajectory continued while inside the hospital.

It wouldn’t be the first time Boris has been associated with fake news. Johnson repeatedly printed false stories during his time in the newspaper business and continued with lies as PM.

Did Johnson and the government mislead us to try to avoid causing fear?

The Government Should Stop Hiding the Severity of the Coronavirus

Many authority figures want to avoid causing a panic in the general population, but people need to know the severity of this disease. Especially people in the United States and the UK, who clearly aren’t getting the message.

UK residents have routinely ignored social distancing recommendations. They were out at pubs and stores weeks after the government recommended isolation.

Meanwhile, New York City residents are in the dead center of the coronavirus hotspot, and they continue to pack Central Park. God forbid it takes the death of a prominent global figure to get these people in line.

Often proud of their general intelligence, New Yorkers aren’t showing it. | Source: Twitter

We might take things more seriously if we could hear more truth about what’s happening to these familiar faces. Scary as it may be, Boris Johnson should stop with these glowy updates and send us some selfies from a ventilator. That might just be what the general population needs to start making common sense choices.

Disclaimer: The opinions expressed in this article do not necessarily reflect the views of CCN.com.

This article was edited by Josiah Wilmoth.

Aaron Weaver @aaaaronweaver

Aaron is a writer and editor for ccn.com. He has been a professional sports and entertainment writer for over ten years. After graduating with honors from Western Michigan University, he's written extensively for newspapers, websites, and various comedy shows and web series. Email: aaron.weaver@ccn.com

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