Well, by now we have all heard about the CoronaVirus (COVID-19). According to The American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists, “it is critical to note that at this time, for the general public in the United States, the immediate health risk from COVID-19 is considered low.” Yes, you read that right: the immediate health risk from COVID-19 is considered low. BUT, if you’ve traveled recently, keep your doctors updated when you are in for a check-up.
There is still a lot unknown about the CoronaVirus, particularly related to its effect on pregnant women and infants. “Based on limited data and case examples from previous coronaviruses (SARS-CoV and MERS-CoV) and a small number of COVID-19 cases, it is believed that pregnant women may be at higher risk of severe illness, morbidity, or mortality compared with the general population. Adverse infant outcomes (eg, preterm birth) also have been reported among infants born to mothers positive for COVID-19 during pregnancy. However, this information is based on limited data and it is not clear that these outcomes were related to maternal infection.” Our recommendation is to stay aware and stay informed.
- Wash your hands frequently
- If you are running even a slight fever, it is important to call your physician and share how you are feeling and the next steps will be suggested for you.
- Avoid touching your eyes or face