CAMILLA, Duchess of Cornwall, doesn’t have coronavirus despite her husband Prince Charles testing positive. However, she needs to remain vigilant to avoid contracting the disease, a doctor warned.
Camilla is self-isolating with Prince Charles at their Scottish home in Birkhall. The Duchess didn’t contract COVID-19 despite the Prince of Wales testing positive and displaying “mild symptoms”.
The fact Camilla hasn’t got coronavirus from her husband may be due to low exposure to the virus, her immune system or her baseline health, among other reasons, one doctor explained.
Dr Dawn Harper told Hello! magazine: “We are still learning about this virus, but the main reason we ask household contacts of symptomatic patients to self-isolate for 14 days is to make sure they are not in contact with other people whilst they could potentially be incubating the disease.
“Just like the common cold, however, there is no guarantee that if one member of a household contracts the disease that all the others will and there are lots of reasons for that, not least the baseline health of each individual and the robustness of their immune system.
“Let’s hope the Duchess remains asymptomatic but she will need to take precautions to increase her chances of remaining symptom-free.
Camilla doesn’t have coronavirus, Clarence House said (Image: GETTY)
Camilla is self isolating in Scotland with her husband Prince Charles (Image: GETTY)
“There is also some evidence that some people can contract the virus without developing symptoms.”
There are steps Camilla should take to make sure she continues to remain virus-free, the doctor added.
Dr Harper said: “The Duchess should be sleeping in a separate room, using a separate bathroom and maintaining social distancing within the house.”
Prince Charles attending the WaterAid Summit (Image: GETTY)
Prince Charles and Camilla arrived at Birkhall on March 13, the day after he briefly met the Queen before going into self-isolation.
According to his medical experts, the prince may have started being contagious on the same day he left for Scotland.
The Prince of Wales started displaying symptoms over the weekend, and he and Camilla were tested on Monday by the NHS in Aberdeenshire.
Camilla and Prince Charles has been practicing social distancing over the past few weeks (Image: GETTY)
A Clarence House spokesman said: “The Prince of Wales has tested positive for coronavirus.
“He has been displaying mild symptoms but otherwise remains in good health and has been working from home throughout the last few days as usual.
“The Duchess of Cornwall has also been tested but does not have the virus.
“In accordance with Government and medical advice, the Prince and the Duchess are now self-isolating at home in Scotland.
How to reduce your risk of catching coronavirus (Image: EXPRESS)
“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.”
On March 10, the prince attended the WaterAid Summit alongside with Prince Albert of Monaco, who also tested positive for COVID-19.
Prince Charles speaking during the Prince’s Trust Awards (Image: GETTY)
On the same day, he held a meeting with the Commonwealth High Commissioners at St James’s Palace, attended a meeting as patron of the International Network for Traditional Building, Architecture and Urbanism and held dinner at Buckingham Palace for the Prince’s Trust.
On the following day, the prince held a few more meetings before attending the Prince’s Trust Awards at the London Palladium.
On March 12, the heir apparent held an investiture, received the former Governor of the Bank of England Mark Carney and attended a dinner in aid of the Australian Bushfire Appeal.
Source: EXPRESS CO UK