An expert has reassured concerned pregnant women during the coronavirus outbreak.
After Boris Johnson’s pregnant fiancé, Carrie Symonds, revealed she had been suffering with coronavirus symptoms, a fertility expert appeared on This Morning to reassure expectant mums.
Dr Larisa Corda spoke to Holly Willoughby and Phillip Schofield about the risks of COVID-19 for those who are pregnant, insisting that most mums and their babies have no reason to panic.
She explained that research shows pregnant women are not more susceptible to catching coronavirus, and that they are also no more at risk of developing severe symptoms.
“Even if you do test positive, you and your baby should be absolutely fine,” she said, adding: “Mums who have given birth to babies with coronavirus have been absolutely fine.”
Dr Corda revealed that most research is around women in their third trimester of pregnancy, and there is little information on those in their first and second trimesters.
So while it’s considered unlikely by experts the virus can cause harm to babies, there have been cases of the virus in newborns, and it remains unclear whether transmission was before or after birth.