Taking leadership seriously.

Courtesy of CNN:

For the second time this year, the coronavirus has found its way to the very top of British politics and forced Prime Minister Boris Johnson into self-quarantine.

On Sunday night, Johnson tweeted that he must “self-isolate for two weeks, after being in contact with someone with Covid-19.”

“It doesn’t matter that I’ve had the disease and I’m bursting with antibodies,” he said in a Monday video message, adding that he “felt great” and would keep leading the UK virus response, as well as his government’s plans to “#BuildBackBetter.”

Yet the optimism in that message, including the hashtag, masks the reality of exactly how enormous a week this is for the Johnson premiership, and how much of a blow it is for the PM to be trapped in solitude.

Brexit really is now on the home stretch. The current transition period — which was designed to prevent a sudden halt of the flow of goods, among other things, between the UK and the European Union — ends on December 31.

If the two sides are unable to strike a free trade agreement before that date, then the chaotic no-deal cliff edge — which many fear would lead to shortages in things like food, toilet paper and medicine — would be the new reality.

Quite a departure from how Trump claims that he is now immune from the virus after catching it, or how Rand Paul suggests that previously infected people should do away with their masks, don’t you think?

The fact is that there is no proof that once infected you cannot be infected again, and there are even cases that suggest you can be infected multiple times. 

Boris Johnson is acting as a leader by providing role modeling to others who might not realize that they can be infected more than once, or that they can still spread the virus even if they have already recovered once from the virus. 

I do not agree with Johnson on a lot of things, but I can definitely agree that he is handling this whole pandemic a lot better than the guy in charge over here in America.