A coronavirus is a type of virus. As a group, coronaviruses are common across the world. Typical symptoms of coronavirus include fever and a cough that may progress to a severe pneumonia causing shortness of breath and breathing difficulties.
Generally, coronavirus can cause more severe symptoms in people with weakened immune systems, older people, and those with long-term conditions like diabetes, cancer and chronic lung disease.
Novel coronavirus (2019-nCov) is a new strain of coronavirus first identified in Wuhan City, China. Based on current evidence, novel coronavirus (2019-nCov) presents with flu-like symptoms including a fever, a cough, or difficulty breathing. The current evidence is that most cases appear to be mild.
Information for the public and professionals on the coronavirus is being updated on daily basis. There is currently no specific advice for pregnancy. For the most up to date information, guidance and answers to your questions is available at the following web links:
- UK Government advice - click here
- Public Health England has published a Question and Answer blog
- The World Health Organisation have published Questions and Answer s, and some Myth Busters
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