Coronavirus risk: Is it safe for pregnant women to travel? Doctor warns of virus exposure

Between 2002 and 2003, a coronavirus strain carried by civet cats infected more than 8,000 people with severe acute respiratory syndrome or SARS-CoV.

Then in 2012, another coronavirus strain dubbed MERS-CoV, infected people with Middle East acute respiratory syndrome.

The virus can be transmitted between animals and humans and affects the respiratory systems with initial symptoms often mistaken for the flu or the common cold.

But what symptoms should pregnant women look out for if they ever come in contact with the virus?

Dr Adamowski said: “I must point out that women in their trimester may feel flu-like symptoms, that is, feeling unwell, elevated body temperature and muscle aches.