Carrie Symonds ‘on the mend’ after suffering Covid-19 symptoms

Boris Johnson's pregnant fiancee Carrie Symonds has said she is "on the mend" after suffering coronavirus symptoms.

The 32-year-old, who is expecting the couple's baby in early summer, falls into the group of vulnerable people urged to avoid contact with those with symptoms of Covid-19.

Prime Minister Mr Johnson said last week that he had tested positive for coronavirus and has now spent more than a week in self-isolation in Downing Street.

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Prime Minister Boris Johnson's partner Carrie Symonds and dog Dilyn arriving for the count for the Uxbridge & Ruislip South constituency in the 2019 General Election.
British Prime Minister Boris Johnson's partner Carrie Symonds attends the annual Remembrance Sunday memorial at The Cenotaph, in Whitehall, London. (Photo by Steve Taylor / SOPA Images/Sipa USA)
Prime Minister Boris Johnson and his girlfriend Carrie Symonds arrive in Downing Street after the Conservative Party was returned to power in the General Election with an increased majority.
Prime Minister Boris Johnson and his girlfriend Carrie Symonds arrive in Downing Street after the Conservative Party was returned to power in the General Election with an increased majority.
Prime Minister Boris Johnson with partner Carrie Symonds and dog Dilyn at the count for the Uxbridge & Ruislip South constituency in the 2019 General Election.
Prime Minister Boris Johnson's partner Carrie Symonds and dog Dilyn arriving for the count for the Uxbridge & Ruislip South constituency in the 2019 General Election.
Carrie Symonds attending the National Service of Remembrance at the Cenotaph, Whitehall, London. Photo credit should read: Doug Peters/EMPICS
File photo dated 274/07/19 of Prime Minister Boris Johnson's partner Carrie Symonds, who is expected to speak publicly for the first time since moving into Downing Street at an environmental event.
Carrie Symonds, the partner of Prime Minister Boris Johnson, attends Birdfair, an environmental awareness conference, at the Rutland Water Nature Reserve in Egleton near Oakham, where she is due to give a speech.
Carrie Symonds, the partner of Prime Minister Boris Johnson, attends Birdfair, an environmental awareness conference, at the Rutland Water Nature Reserve in Egleton near Oakham, where she is due to give a speech.
Carrie Symonds, the partner of Prime Minister Boris Johnson, gives a speech at Birdfair, an environmental awareness conference, at the Rutland Water Nature Reserve in Egleton near Oakham.
Carrie Symonds, the partner of Prime Minister Boris Johnson, attends Birdfair, an environmental awareness conference, at the Rutland Water Nature Reserve in Egleton near Oakham, where she is due to give a speech.
Carrie Symonds, the partner of Prime Minister Boris Johnson, attends Birdfair, an environmental awareness conference, at the Rutland Water Nature Reserve in Egleton near Oakham, where she is due to give a speech.
Carrie Symonds, the partner of Prime Minister Boris Johnson, gives a speech at Birdfair, an environmental awareness conference, at the Rutland Water Nature Reserve in Egleton near Oakham.
Carrie Symonds, the partner of Prime Minister Boris Johnson, attends Birdfair, an environmental awareness conference, at the Rutland Water Nature Reserve in Egleton near Oakham, where she is due to give a speech.
Activist Carrie Symonds takes part in an anti-whaling protest outside the Japanese Embassy in central London.
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Stanley Johnson introduces himself to Carrie Symonds at an anti-whaling protest outside the Japanese Embassy in central London.
Stanley Johnson and Carrie Symonds at an anti-whaling protest outside the Japanese Embassy in central London.
Activist Carrie Symonds takes part in an anti-whaling protest outside the Japanese Embassy in central London.
Activist Carrie Symonds takes part in an anti-whaling protest outside the Japanese Embassy in central London.
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LONDON, ENGLAND - FEBRUARY 07: Foreign Secretary Boris Johnson passes Carrie Symonds as he leaves the Conservative party Black and White Ball at Natural History Museum on February 7, 2018 in London, England. The ball is a fundraising event for the political party where donors pay to spend the evening with cabinet ministers and the Prime Minister. (Photo by Chris J Ratcliffe/Getty Images)
LONDON, ENGLAND - FEBRUARY 07: Environment Secretary, Michael Gove hugs Carrie Symonds as he leaves the Conservative party Black and White Ball at Natural History Museum on February 7, 2018 in London, England. The ball is a fundraising event for the political party where donors pay to spend the evening with cabinet ministers and the Prime Minister. (Photo by Chris J Ratcliffe/Getty Images)
Boris Johnson and Carrie Symonds leave his home, following the results of the European Parliament elections, in Thame, Britain May 27, 2019. REUTERS/Simon Dawson
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Shortly after his announcement, Ms Symonds – who usually lives with the PM in the Number 11 flat – shared a photograph of herself self-isolating in Camberwell, south London, with the couple's dog Dilyn.

But on Saturday evening she revealed she too has suffered coronavirus symptoms.

She tweeted: "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. To other pregnant women, please do read and follow the most up to date guidance which I found to be v reassuring."

While pregnant women do not appear more likely to contract coronavirus than the general population, pregnancy itself alters the body's immune system and response to viral infections in general.

Guidance from the Royal College of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists (RCOG) says viral infections can "occasionally be related to more severe symptoms and this will be the same for Covid-19".

It says that while the risks are small overall, health professionals should look out for more severe symptoms of Covid-19 in pregnant women who test positive, such as pneumonia and a lack of oxygen.

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Ms Symonds and Mr Johnson have been self-isolating separately since the PM's diagnosis (PA)

But the RCOG said the current expert opinion is that unborn babies are unlikely to be exposed to Covid-19 during pregnancy.

There is also no data at the moment suggesting an increased risk of miscarriage for pregnant women.

The RCOG reiterates Government advice that pregnant women "should pay particular attention to avoiding contact with people who are known to have Covid-19 or those who exhibit possible symptoms".

It adds: "Women above 28 weeks' gestation should be particularly attentive to social distancing and minimising contact with others."

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