Coronavirus disease (COVID-19) is an infectious disease caused by a newly discovered coronavirus.
As we probably know that this virus spreads through respiratory droplets sent into the air when a person who has COVID-19 coughs or sneezes. It may also spread when someone touches a surface infected by a person who has the virus.
The most important step is to practice excellent hand hygiene by frequently washing hands with soap and water for 20 seconds. Avoid touching your eyes, mouth, and nose. You should also avoid large gatherings. Social distancing is important to limit the spread of the virus. If you have a mild cough or cold, stay at home and limit exposure to other people. Sneeze and cough into a tissue that you discard immediately, or into your elbow, to avoid making others sick. Hydration and adequate rest are also important in maintaining the health of your immune system.
Given that this is a novel virus, little is known about its impact on pregnant women. At this point, experts think that pregnant women are just as likely, or possibly more likely, than the general public to develop symptoms if infected with the new coronavirus. The symptoms are likely to be mild to moderate, as is true for women (and men) in this age range who are not pregnant.
There does not appear to be an increased risk of miscarriage or other complications such as fetal malformations for pregnant women who are infected with COVID-19, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). Based on data from other coronaviruses, such as SARS and MERS, the American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists notes that pregnant women who get COVID-19 may have a higher risk of complications, such as preterm birth, but the data is extremely limited and the infection may not be the direct cause of preterm birth.
A study of nine pregnant women who were infected with COVID-19 and had symptoms showed that none of their babies were affected by the virus. The virus was not present in the amniotic fluid, the babies’ throat, or in breast milk. The risk of passing the infection to the fetus appears to be very low, and there is no evidence of any fetal malformations or effects due to maternal infection with COVID-19.
Currently, there is no evidence of the virus in breast milk. Given that the virus is spread through respiratory droplets, mothers should wash their hands and consider wearing a face mask to minimize infants’ exposure to the virus.
At this time, there are no specific vaccine or treatment for COVID-19. However, there are many ongoing clinical trials evaluating potential treatment. So we should be very careful and take care of our own.
Stay at Home, Stay Safe and help the virus die.
Because the virus doesn’t move, people move it. If we stop moving, the virus stops moving, and it dies.