Johnson says he will continue to lead COVID-19 response efforts in the U.K. while in insolation with mild symptoms. Get all the latest news on coronavirus and more delivered daily to your inbox. U.K. Prime Minister Boris Johnson on Friday announced that he is extending his time in self-isolation as he continues to have symptoms of the coronavirus -- a week after he tested positive for the highly contagious virus. "Although I'm feeling better and I've done my seven days of isolation, alas I still have one of the symptoms, a minor symptom," he said on a video message posted to Twitter. "I still have a temperature and so, in accordance with government advice, I must continue my self-isolation until that symptom itself goes."
The article "Welcome-Home Illnesses" [On the Spot, by Catharine Hamm, Feb. 17] was informative and helpful. However, I would caution those who become ill to contact medical help after three days, not five. My husband and I returned from a cruise around South America two years ago, and each of us developed severe intestinal problems. Imodium and a bland diet did not help. We contacted our physician three days after our symptoms began but were too ill to go into his office.
This week Google unveiled its new symptom cards, which will pop to the top of your search results the next time you try to search for your various ailments. Currently only on the Apple or Android Google apps, this feature will eventually be available through web browser searches too. Google developed its symptom cards with the help of doctors at Harvard medical school and the Mayo Clinic. Other symptom checkers, perhaps driven by medico-legal concerns, feed the fears of hypochondriacs. They list scary and rare diagnoses alongside the most probable.