I thought he was in dialogue with Barnier and his motley crew, today and tomorrow ? Hardly makes him AWOL.
Perhaps because the risk of death is only one part of it. There is enough reading material, from so called experts, that seems to suggest that permanent damage to lungs, hearts and brains is also a serious issue.
Anyway - It appears that he is damned whatever he does. Nail the response 100% correct and he would be damned, get the response 50% correct and he would be damned, get the response 0% correct, he would be damned.