CORONA VIRUS AND PREGNANCY
Coronavirus is a family of viruses that can cause respiratory symptoms similar to the common cold and seasonal flu. Symptoms range from mild to severe. COVID-19 is the name given to the disease caused by this year’s outbreak of a new strain of coronavirus.
MODE OF SPREAD OF VIRUS:
The new coronavirus spreads from person to person via respiratory droplets produced when an infected person coughs or sneezes especially when people are in close contact with one another (within about 6 feet). Pregnant women experience immunologic changes which make them more susceptible to viral respiratory infections, including COVID-19. It’s not clear if a COVID-19 an infection could harm an unborn child, although high fevers during the first trimester can be detrimental.
As rightly said “Prevention is better than cure”, it is advisable to take all possible precautions to avoid CORONA infection.
These precautions include:
- Washing hands frequently with soap and water. Wash for at least 20 seconds before you eat, after you sneeze and after using the bathroom.
- Use alcohol-based hand sanitizers in addition to hand-washing.
- Regularly clean surfaces like counters, mobile phones, tables, etc.
- Avoid crowded places like markets, malls etc.
- Cover your mouth with tissue/ handkerchief while sneezing and
- Avoid contact with anyone with cold or flu symptoms.
- Stay home from work if you are sick.
Whether the disease will be transmitted to the foetus or the newborn baby if the mother has corona infection during pregnancy is not clear yet. Also, there is no information on long-term health effects on infants either with COVID-19, or those exposed in utero to the virus that causes COVID-19.
CARE OF NEWBORN TO AVOID COVID 19 INFECTION:
Newborns have undeveloped immune systems. Hence they are also susceptible to the infection. Precautions to be taken are:
- It’s best to avoid taking the newborn to crowded places.
- Limit the number of visitors visiting the baby.
- Ask people to wash hands with soap and water and also use sanitizers before touching the baby.
- Breastfeeding is recommended, as babies receive antibodies (since there is no evidence yet, that corona infection can be passed on through breast milk).
- INCASE OF ANY QUERIES/ COMPLAINTS IT’S BEST TOCONSULT YOUR DOCTOR.
- STAY CALM AND DO NOT PANIC.
- MEDITATE, EAT HEALTHY FOOD AND STAY INDOORS, TO INCREASE YOUR IMMUNITY.