Information on COVID-19 for specific groups: patients with chronic diseases, people with immunocompromising condition and pregnant women

News story

The COVID-19 pandemic is evolving fast. Community transmission is currently ongoing throughout several countries in Europe and is expected to expand quickly in other countries in the coming days. According to the current evidence, severe form of the illness is more common among specific risk groups: the elderly and those with chronic underlying conditions.

There is a limited scientific evidence on the severity of illness among pregnant women and initial data show that they experience similar clinical symptoms as non-pregnant adult patients with COVID-19; at the same time, specific steps to protect them during pregnancy can be taken.

ECDC is publishing four leaflets with key information on the disease, the means of preparations to be undertaken in their households and protection measures for their family and care givers. A separate leaflet contains specific advice and rules on self-isolation or quarantine when presenting mild symptoms of COVID-19 or after exposure to the SARS-CoV-2 virus.

The leaflet template may be downloaded in a format allowing the national healthcare authorities to translate and adapt the content for the general public in EU/EEA and the UK.