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Prince Charles Tests Positive For Coronavirus, 71-Year-Old In 'Good Health'

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By Clark Sparky

Prince Charles tested positive for the coronavirus, Clarence House announced in a statement on Wednesday. The 71-year-old is Queen Elizabeth's oldest son and is the heir to the British throne.

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The statement said he is self-isolating and has been "working from home throughout the last few days as usual." He also "otherwise remains in good health," it stated.

"In accordance with Government and medical advice, the Prince and the Duchess are now self-isolating at home in Scotland," the statement reads. "The tests were carried out by the NHS in Aberdeenshire where they met the criteria required for testing. It is not possible to ascertain from whom the Prince caught the virus owing to the high number of engagements he carried out in his public role during recent weeks."

Prince Charles has had a number of engagements the past couple of weeks, but Buckingham Palace said he last saw the Queen on March 12. He is the first known member of the royal family to test positive for COVID-19. He has reportedly been in touch with his sons -- Prince Harry and Prince William -- about his diagnosis.

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The Queen was moved to Windsor Castle last week as a precaution.

"As Philip and I arrive at Windsor today," she said in a statement released by Buckingham Palace. "We know that many individuals and families across the United Kingdom, and around the world, are entering a period of great concern and uncertainty. Many of us will need to find new ways of staying in touch with each other and making sure that loved ones are safe. I am certain we are up to that challenge. You can be assured that my family and I stand ready to play our part."

Staying Safe

Heath officials are urging people to remain in their homes as much as possible and avoid all social gatherings. Additionally, the CDC has issued some tips for helping to avoid contracting the disease.

Avoid close contact with people who are sick.

Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth.

Stay home when you are sick.

Cover your cough or sneeze with a tissue, then throw the tissue in the trash.

Clean and disinfect frequently touched objects and surfaces using a regular household cleaning spray or wipe.

CDC does not recommend that people who are well wear a facemask to protect themselves from respiratory diseases, including COVID-19.

Facemasks should be used by people who show symptoms of COVID-19 to help prevent the spread of the disease to others. The use of facemasks is also crucial for health workers and people who are taking care of someone in close settings (at home or in a health care facility).

Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds, especially after going to the bathroom; before eating; and after blowing your nose, coughing, or sneezing.

If soap and water are not readily available, use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer with at least 60% alcohol. Always wash hands with soap and water if hands are visibly dirty.

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