COVID-19 and Pregnancy: FAQs And Answers From Experts
“The really good news is that infants do not appear to get severe disease, but there’s been really, really little data so far,” noted Roger Shapiro, an associate professor of immunology and infectious diseases at Harvard Medical School.
With COVID-19 recently being declared a global pandemic, borders across countries closing up and international travel bans being implemented, the situation seems dire due to this infection that has taken the world by storm. If you are pregnant and have been googling ‘Coronavirus symptoms’ furiously, here is a list of a few pregnancy FAQs that you might find useful:
Coronavirus symptoms during pregnancy
Am I at more of a risk to get infected with COVID-19 if I am pregnant?
Pregnant women, in general, are more susceptible to contracting viral respiratory infections such as the flu. While it is not known for certain if pregnant women are at more of a risk in contracting COVID-19 specifically, their immune systems are already weakened as their bodies are working in full gear to facilitate the growth of a baby.
“We do not currently know if pregnant women have a greater chance of getting sick from COVID-19 than the general public nor whether they are more likely to have serious illness as a result,” notes the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) of the United States.
However, in analysing the statistics that have been released out of China so far, the group at most risk of contracting COVID-19, seems to the elderly, especially men, and people with underlying diseases, such as heart disease, lung disease, and diabetes, as well as those who have been in close contact with infected persons.
What are my chances if I test positive for coronavirus symptoms?
Of 147 pregnant women infected with COVID-19, only 8% had serious impacts with 1% being reported to have been in critical condition, according to an investigation by the World Health Organization (WHO). However, the study is in its preliminary stages, and is based on only a handful of cases, and is thus difficult to draw conclusions from.
- Avoid coming in contact with someone whom you know or suspect is infected
- Avoid crowds, public spaces and practise social distancing
- Wash your hands regularly with soap and water, or an alcohol-based hand rub, for a period of 20 seconds or more
- In the event of exposure to the outdoors, take off all “outdoor clothes” and have a shower or spot-clean exposed areas of the body thoroughly, as soon as you come indoors
- Keep your living spaces clean, and disinfect regularly touched objects such as doorknobs, remotes, tables, sinks, taps, non-fabric chairs and phones.
- Maintain a healthy lifestyle by eating well, working out and getting enough sleep.