pwa wrote:mjr wrote:pwa wrote:As Boris was in hospital, his choice of his official country residence for recuperation seems to me like the common sense one, since getting well enough to do his job again is more likely to happen with a bit of land to walk in. He is still sick, so we are talking about the best place for a sick person to get well. That is different to people who are well deciding to go somewhere nicer.
Does Downing Street no longer have its famous gardens and one end leading to the large St James Park?
Are other people allowed to go to second homes after covid recovery or only if hospitalised and discharged?
If I were about to leave hospital after a serious illness, from which I had not fully recovered, I would expect a conversation with a doctor about how to continue my recuperation after leaving the premises. BJ must have had that conversation and it is more than likely that he was advised, by a medical professional, to stay at the rural one of the two residences open to him. The garden at Downing Street is not large enough to have a walk in. Why would he choose the least suitable residence to recover in?
As I understand it people can still be infectious after they are discharged from hospital. Study from China shows that virus can stay around in body for up to 2 weeks after symptoms have disappeared (https://jamanetwork.com/journals/jama/fullarticle/2762452) and it's thought that people can still be infections - and I'd expect Johnson would have been discharged once he was improving adequately and they would not be blocking NHS resources waiting for all symptoms to disappear (https://www.health24.com/Medical/Infectious-diseases/Coronavirus/can-you-spread-coronavirus-even-after-you-have-recovered-20200304). So very much the time not to be travelling around to the place of your choice.
He has repeatedly told everybody to "Stay at home" and given how people need ongoing encouragement, him choosing somewhere he does not normally live is sending a bad message to those included to ignore lockdown laws/guidelines. Sometimes called "Leading by example". After all, big outcry when P. Charles did the same.
If living in a plush London house with garden and having your every need taken care of is so bad for recovery, what should we be doing for those without such facilities available (e.g. 1 bed apartment on 10th floor).