Thursday, December 30, 2021

EP released from hospital following recovery from COVID

Given the increased transmissibility of the virus, I fully expect almost every man, woman, and child to have contracted it by the end of 2022. Reception of the illness, once thought by some to be a failing of vigilance or neglect, is now just a part of life. Thankfully, the advent (and acceptance) of therapeutics has made that likelihood of infection a less jarring reality. A quick recovery to His All-Holiness!

(Orthodox Times) - Today, Thursday, December 30, 2021, at noon, the Ecumenical Patriarch Bartholomew was discharged from the American Hospital of Constantinople, where for the last six days he was under medical supervision, infected with the Omicron mutation of the coronavirus.

He will remain in isolation for a few more days at the Patriarchal residence in Therapia before returning to the Phanar for the Epiphany celebrations.

On Wednesday night, the Ecumenical Patriarch was contacted for the third time by the Turkish Minister of Health, Fahrettin Koca, who asked about the progress of his health and assured him that the services of his Ministry would always be at his disposal.


  1. The fact of the matter is that this virus has now become endemic. Massive transmissibilty just like the common cold” (yet another—long-standing-coronavirus, but paleo!). Thank God, the symptoms are mostly mild for people.

  2. Most of the world truly failed to manage this before it became a global crisis. Given the course of past pandemics - 5 to 6 years in all - this evolution towards less deadly variants is to be expected. It's a shame it took so many deaths to get here though when it could have been so easily avoided along with these perennial semi-lockdowns...