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April 2, 2021 -- Sarah Palin, the former Alaska governor and 2008 GOP vice presidential candidate, has tested positive for the coronavirus and strongly urges others to follow safety measures, such as wearing face masks.

In a statement reported by People, the 57-year-old mother of five said one of her daughters woke up recently without a sense of smell or taste, had a positive test, and quarantined in isolation.

"I then observed symptoms in my son Trig, who curiously is the most enthusiastic mask-wearer, and after our numerous negative tests over the year, he tested positive," Palin said.

"Children with special needs are vulnerable to COVID ramifications [Trig was born with Down syndrome], so with a high fever he was prescribed azithromycin, which really seemed to help, and I increased amounts of vitamins I put in his puréed food."

She and Trig, 12, isolated together and overnight she developed symptoms such as muscle soreness and loss of smell and taste.

"That day I finally tested positive — like millions of other Americans," she told People.

She was not specific about when she took the test. Palin encouraged others to take the coronavirus seriously.

"I strongly encourage everyone to use common sense to avoid spreading this and every other virus out there," Palin said.

"There are more viruses than there are stars in the sky, meaning we'll never avoid every source of illness or danger ... But please be vigilant, don't be frightened, and I advise reprioritizing some personal time and resources to ensure as healthy a lifestyle as you can create so when viruses do hit, you have at least some armor to fight it."

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People. “Sarah Palin Reveals COVID Diagnosis and 'Bizarre' Symptoms, Urges Others to Continue Wearing Masks”

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