As a precaution, pregnant women have been told to be particularly strict about avoiding social contact, so they reduce their risk of catching coronavirus. But what do we know about its impact on pregnancy?
Is coronavirus a problem during pregnancy?
Although there is still much that doctors don’t know about how pregnancy can be affected by the virus, pregnant women do not appear to become more unwell than other healthy adults who contract it.
“If there were huge risks, we would have seen them by now,” says Christoph Lees, professor of obstetrics at Imperial College London.
Like the general population, if they are infected, the vast majority of pregnant women will have mild or moderate symptoms and recover. These include cough, fever, shortness of breath, headache and loss of