LONDON – Queen Elizabeth said COVID-19 had left “a very tired and exhausted person” as she spoke to healthcare workers and a former patient about her own experience of “this terrible pandemic”. “.
Britain’s 95-year-old monarch tested positive for COVID in February and is described as having mild, cold-like symptoms. Then she returned to light duties.
The Queen, patron of the Royal London Hospital, spoke on a video call with National Health Service staff at the hospital, who helped build and operate a 155-bed unit to cope with the patient’s need for help breathing.
Her conversation with staff comes as she marks the official opening of the hospital’s Queen Elizabeth Unit.
“It’s wonderful, isn’t it, what can be done, when needed?” she said in comments made by Buckingham Palace late on Sunday.
The Queen also spoke to Asef Hussain, who has become seriously ill with COVID-19 and who has lost family members to the virus. “It makes a person very tired and exhausted, doesn’t it, this terrible pandemic?” she told him.
The Queen asked the patient how he coped without seeing family members. “It was obviously a very scary experience,” she said.
Elizabeth, who will turn 96 later this month, has cut back on her activities since being hospitalized one night last October for an unspecified illness.
(Reporting by Kate Holton and William Schomberg)