Carrie Symonds, fiancée of British Prime Minister Boris Johnson, said she was “on the mend” after a week suffering from symptoms of COVID-19.
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Symonds, an advisor at a conservation charity, is pregnant, and is not currently staying with Johnson at the prime minister’s Downing Street residence.
She said in a further tweet that “being pregnant with COVID-19 is obviously worrying” but she was reassured by the latest medical guidance.
The UK’s Royal College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists says babies are unlikely to be exposed tocoronavirus during pregnancy and there is also no data at the moment suggesting an increased risk of miscarriage for pregnant women.
Healthdirect Australia confirms the same advice.
“So far, evidence suggests that pregnant woman are not at any greater risk of serious illness if they get COVID-19,” the website says.
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“However, any respiratory illness (such as influenza) can cause serious complications, so it is advised that pregnant women take extra precautions in practising good hygiene and social distancing to reduce the risk of getting (the virus).”
The Royal Australian and New Zealand College of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists has also created a portal where health workers and patients can access the latest guidance.
Johnson tested positive for the virus on March 26 and remains quarantined in Downing Street.
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He confirmed on April 3 that he was still experiencing a temperature, a symptom of coronavirus, and would self-isolate until advised by doctors it was safe to do otherwise.
– Reported with Associated Press.
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