Prince Charles addresses coronavirus diagnosis, says he's 'on the other side of the illness'
Prince Charles is "on the other side" of his coronavirus diagnosis, he announced Wednesday morning.
The 71-year-old son of Queen Elizabeth II, who tested positive last week for COVID-19 after "displaying mild symptoms," said in a video announcement shared by Clarence House that he is feeling better, but remains practicing social distance and isolation.
"Having recently gone through the process of contracting this coronavirus, luckily with relatively mild symptoms, I now find myself on the other side of the illness but still in no less a state of social distance and general isolation," Charles said.
Clarence House confirmed in a statement Monday to USA TODAY that the Prince of Wales was officially out of self-isolation after seven days, in accordance with the current government and medical restrictions in the U.K. Those who have symptoms of coronavirus need to self-isolate for seven days, according to the U.K.'s National Health Service.
The standard quarantine period is 14 days in the United States, and the term "quarantine" is reserved for those believed to have been exposed to a disease but who are not symptomatic, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.
His wife, Camilla, 72, tested negative for the virus.
Speaking Wednesday, Charles said his and Camilla's "hearts go out to all those older people throughout this country who are now experiencing great difficulty," while extending his support to those "in every community" and of "all ages" who are affected by coronavirus.
"As we are all learning, this is a strange, frustrating and often distressing experience when the presence of family and friends is no longer possible and the normal structures of life are suddenly removed," he said. "At such an unprecedented and anxious time in all our lives, my wife and I are thinking particularly of all those who have lost their loved ones in such very difficult and abnormal circumstances, and of those having to endure sickness, isolation and loneliness … There are truly wonderful neighbors, individuals and groups of volunteers who are providing ceaseless care and attention to those most at risk, and that all this network of selfless assistance is, in itself, helping to provide vital assistance and reassurance to the hard-pressed professional services."
He concluded: "As a nation, we are faced by profoundly challenging situation, which we are only too aware threatens the livelihoods, businesses and welfare of millions of our fellow citizens. None of us can say when this will end, but end it will. Until it does, let us try and live with hope and with faith in ourselves in each other. Look forward to better times to come."
Contributing: Anika Reed, USA TODAY.