The physiological changes during Pregnancy can increase the risk of contracting viruses such as the Coronavirus and becoming sick. For pregnant women who acquire COVID-19, it is still hard to determine the short- and long-term impacts of the virus on both mother and baby during and after pregnancy. However, a concerning study from the CDC has recently shown that pregnant women who get COVID-19 have an increased risk of severe COVID-19 associated illness. The study found pregnant women with COVID-19 had more ICU hospitalizations, had worsening symptoms requiring a ventilator to supply oxygen and for women 35-44 years of age had a much higher rate of death.
What does this mean for pregnant women?
This study really illustrates that there may be an increase in risk of severe disease as well as death enough pregnant women. It is important to consider that this is still a new virus and data is still emerging to help determine the specific risk. Given the severity of this outcome is important to counsel pregnant women on their risks and for them to be diligent in their prevention efforts so that the reduce their chances of getting COVID-19. Key strategies they can implement is the following:
- Wearing a mask in public
- Stay home as much as possible, except for important medical appointments, and work from home if possible.
- Talk to your doctor, obstetrician or midwife about the possibility of telephone or videoconference appointments for some prenatal appointments.
- Avoid visitors to your home.
- Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds or use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer.
- Practice social and physical distancing from others.
- Keep a distance of at least 6 feet from others.
- Practice respiratory hygiene by coughing or sneezing into your bent elbow or sleeve to cover your mouth and nose.
- Avoid touching your mouth, nose, and eyes.
- Avoid touching frequently touched surfaces when in public.
- Avoid crowded places and peak-hours.
- Make limited trips to the store for essentials, use delivery services is able.
- Avoid contact with people who are known to be positive with COVID-19
- Avoid places with high rates of COVID-19 in the community
- Avoid travel by public transit and walk if safely able.
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