Coronavirus in the UK: what do you need to know?

Coronavirus cases have been confirmed in the UK. Find out what this means for pregnant women and young families.

We understand that reports of cases of COVID-19, or coronavirus, in the UK may be causing concern, and that concerns are often heightened during pregnancy and for parents with a young family. 

What are the symptoms?

Based on current evidence, the coronavirus presents with flu-like symptoms including a fever, a cough, or difficulty breathing. Anyone who thinks they have symptoms should call their GP or NHS 111.

Information and further support

For accurate and up-to-date information, please visit the Department of Health and Social Care website. This includes information on which groups should self-isolate (including on the basis of travel history from specific countries) and who to contact for advice. The guidance on this page is being updated on a daily basis.

The Royal College of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists, Royal College of Midwives and Royal College of Paediatrics and Child Health have produced information on coronavirus for pregnant women and their families.

The NHS website has more information about how to reduce the possible spread of infection.

If you are worried about older siblings at school, see Public Health England’s document on the coronavirus for places of education.

Who do you contact for support?

  • If you are concerned about your travel history, contact with affected individuals or symptoms, you can call NHS 111.
  • If in Scotland, call your GP or NHS 24 on 111 if out of hours.
  • If in Northern Ireland, call 0300 200 7885.
  • For queries relating to our services for parents, please call our Enquiries Team on 0300 330 0700.