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So. Tony Holohan is unwell

Brendan O'Connor


 

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Dr Tony Holohan. Photo: Steve Humphreys

Dr Tony Holohan. Photo: Steve Humphreys

Dr Tony Holohan. Photo: Steve Humphreys

And we thought we had problems before. But then something comes along and puts it all in perspective.

Most of us did not witness live the moment when Tony Holohan "clutched his chest" at last Tuesday evening's coronavirus briefing. Indeed some would argue that he didn't exactly clutch his chest, more put his hand gently to it. The footage from the live-stream was subsequently shared more than a message on WhatsApp from a cousin of my brother's friend who is a doctor at Harvard who swears that drinking your own wee will save you from the virus. We are still unsure exactly what Tony Holohan said, but it was something about feeling a bit funny. Lip readers and historians will pore over this footage in times to come, when all this is over.

When they announced Tony had gone in for tests, a million pieces of varying qualities of homemade banana bread paused mid-air between plate and mouth. And that was only the people who are still bothering to use a plate. A chill went through the nation.