Prince Charles, a quick recovery that is nothing special

Prince Charles expressed himself in a video, on the occasion of his exit from quarantine, a week after having been ill with a mild form of Covid-19. AP

Prince Charles, who had been hit by Covid-19, announced the 1er April that he had gone out of business in an encouraging video for his compatriots. And some see it as a sign that something is wrong.

A Facebook publication shared several hundred thousand times wonders if healing "In one small week" of the heir to the British royal family would not hide anything, such as the existence of a vaccine which would not be known to public opinion.

What the publication says

She wonders about the healing time of the Prince of Wales, whom she judges suspicious and which she considers as a sign of a possible manipulation of public opinion:

“71-year-old Prince Charles was cured of the Covid-19 in a single short week and not in two or three. Either he has an extraordinary immunity and higher than normal, or that the vaccine already exists. "

Why the publication is poorly informed

For starters, this Facebook post confuses vaccine with cure: if a vaccine existed, it would not have cured Prince Charles, but would have prevented him from contracting the disease.

It is unknown what his exact state of health is. In his video, the latter says "On the other side of the disease", without specifying whether he is talking about healing or convalescence. Those around him communicate above all on an exit from personal quarantine with the approval of his doctor, as CNN reports. He continues to observe general measures of social distancing and isolation.

We can however understand the astonishment of French internet users: it was only one week between the announcement, on March 25, that the Prince of Wales had tested positive for Covid-19, and his release from quarantine, 1er April, when the French authorities recommend fourteen days of isolation. In the UK, however, the government's health recommendations are more lax, and the resident of Clarence House has scrupulously followed them:

“If you live alone and have mild but moderate symptoms of coronavirus disease (Covid-19), stay home for seven days from the start of your symptoms. "

However, despite his age, the heir to the British crown did not suffer from any serious form of the disease. He presented since the beginning of "Moderate symptoms" and was "For the rest in good health", explained the daily The Guardian March 25, citing Clarence House.

Undue screening

This is the other source of confusion. Chinese study published in medical journal The Lancet evokes a disease lasting up to twenty days, but based on a group of people hospitalized for a serious form. In the majority of cases, the symptoms of Covid-19 in their mild form disappear naturally after a week. In this case, "You heal like you heal from a cold. Our immune system defends itself and we recover spontaneously in a few days ”, explains Astrid Vabret, head of the virology department at the Caen CHU (Calvados), interviewed by The Parisian.

"Patients with mild upper or lower respiratory infection will have symptoms that last less than fourteen days (usually five to ten days), corroborates for BFM-TV. com Henri Partouche, general practitioner, member of the specialized commission on infectious diseases. Except cough, which can persist for several weeks. "

In the UK, many observers had rebelled, when he had only a mild form of the disease, that Prince Charles had been able to benefit from a screening test. Indeed, this one is normally reserved at "Those who present a serious form likely to justify admission to the hospital" and many caregivers on the front line fail to benefit.

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