BORIS Johnson’s pregnant girlfriend Carrie Symonds today revealed she has been suffering from coronavirus symptoms.
Despite keeping away from the infected PM, the 32-year-old, who falls into the high-risk category, announced that she had spent the past week bedbound.
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Boris Johnson tested positive for Covid-19 last Friday and went into a period of self-isolation for a week.
He was due to exit quarantine in Downing Street yesterday, seven days after testing positive, but announced that he has extended the period after still suffering from a high temperature.
And Ms Symonds, who has been self-isolating away from her partner, has now revealed she fears she has come down with the bug.
She said: “I’ve spent the past week in bed with the main symptoms of Coronavirus.
“I haven’t needed to be tested and, after seven days of rest, I feel stronger and I’m on the mend.
“Being pregnant with Covid-19 is obviously worrying.”
COVID-19 AND PREGNANCY
- Pregnant women are in the high risk category so should be following the guidelines put in place.
- According to Royal College of Obstetrics and Gynaecology, there is no evidence to suggest an increase risk of miscarriage, should the mother fall ill with coronavirus.
- Emerging evidence suggests that transmission from mother to baby during pregnancy or birth (vertical transmission) is probable.
- Some babies born to women with symptoms of coronavirus in China have been born prematurely.
- It is unclear whether coronavirus caused early labour, or whether it was recommended that the baby was born early in order to preserve the mother’s health.
- The UK is conducting near-real-time surveillance (observation) of all women who develop COVID-19 during pregnancy and their newborn babies, through well-established systems already used by all maternity units.
Chief Medical Officer Chris Whitty placed pregnant women in the vulnerable group on March 16.
He told the BBC: “When it comes to this coronavirus, it is a new disease, it’s been with humans around the world for just a few months.
“We are being very precautionary in terms of the advice we are giving to pregnant women to increase their social distancing.
“We know that a whole range of normal infections are more serious in pregnancy and the advice we’re giving is extremely precautionary.”
He added: “We advise social distancing… this is strongly advised for pregnant women as a whole group.”
Health Minister Nadine Dorries, who contracted the virus three weeks ago, took to social media in response to Ms Symonds’ post.
She wrote on Twitter: “I’ve been speaking to @carriesymonds regularly throughout.
“She presented with and has been through the classic signs and symptoms most people experience with #COVID19.
“She is now recovering and getting stronger day by day. #InThisTogether.”
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Carrie and Boris shared their baby news five weeks ago and are due to tie the knot in the summer.
On Instagram, Ms Symonds shared an intimate snap of her and Boris and wrote: “I wouldn’t normally post this kind of thing on here but I wanted my friends to find out from me.
“Many of you already know but for my friends that still don’t, we got engaged at the end of last year… and we’ve got a baby hatching early summer.”
Boris revealed on Friday that he is still self-isolating after continuing to suffer from Covid-19 symptoms.
In a video he shared, he said: “Although I’m feeling better, and I’ve done my seven days of isolation, alas I still have one of the symptoms, a minor symptom – I still have a temperature.
“So in accordance with Government advice I must continue my self-isolation until that symptom itself goes.”
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Carrie’s coronavirus fears come as 708 more people died in Britain today on the deadliest day yet – bringing the total to 4,353.
NHS England confirmed there were 637 deaths in hospital in 24 hours including the young child, who had underlying health conditions.
The new figures from the Department of Health show cases today rose by 3,735 – less than yesterday’s rise of 4,450 – suggesting the “curve” may be flattening out.
Those testing positive for Covid-19 had been rising on average by around 17 per cent per day but today is the first time there has been a drop in the rate of infection.
In Scotland, a further 46 people have died – bringing the total number of deaths to 218.
Wales has reported 13 more deaths – with their total now at 154.
Mums-to-be at high risk
PREGNANT women are at higher risk of severe illness if they are infected.
Carrie has done the right thing in self-isolating from Downing Street to protect herself and her baby.
If symptoms develop, going to hospital is still the wrong course of action unless there is a need for specialised care.
At about six months pregnant, ante-natal care is still essential. The UK has already made strides in providing this remotely, so that expectant mums can continue to get the attention they need.
Testing for Covid-19 isn’t widespread, and most people who have it at home don’t get a test. It would tell the sick whether their illness really is coronavirus, so it would help someone like Carrie know how long to isolate for.
- By Carol Cooper, Sun Doctor
While in Northern Ireland, there have been a further eight deaths – bringing the total to 56.
The Department of Health revealed the number of tests being carried out has actually dropped since yesterday despite promises by the government to ramp it up.
Yesterday, 11,764 tests were carried out yesterday in England – but today just 10,984 tests were done, under the capacity of 12,799 per day.
Boris Johnson is still sick with coronavirus after a week but warns Brits to stay home on sunny weekend