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Verified & Published on 04 Feb 2020
With over 11 years of experience in the field of infertility, Dr. Sandhya Mishra is a caring and skilled professional, dedicated to providing the best treatments.
In response to rising Coronavirus concerns, it’s only natural to have questions about Coronavirus and what it means for your pregnancy. When a woman becomes pregnant, it causes changes in her immune system. These changes can possibly reduce the woman’s resistance to viral infections. This can mean that they are at greater risk of serious complications. But it has been found that scientists do not believe Coronavirus would impact the baby. Here’s what you need to know about the Coronavirus (CoV).
According to the WHO, Coronaviruses are a large family of viruses that cause illness ranging from the common cold to more severe diseases like Middle East Respiratory Syndrome and Severe Acute Respiratory Syndrome. The WHO has declared Coronavirus as a Global Health Emergency. “The main reason for this declaration is not because of what is happening in China but what is happening in other countries,” says WHO chief Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus. The concern is that it could spread to countries that have weaker health systems.
The majority of confirmed cases of this new-pneumonia-like virus are from China, but the virus has made its way into other parts of Asia and has appeared in Europe, Australia, and Canada.
Coronaviruses typically spread the same way other cold-causing viruses do: through respiratory drops that get into the air by coughing or sneezing. It can also spread by touching an infected person’s hands or face, or by touching things that infected people have touched and then touching your mouth, nose, or eyes before you wash your hands. There is no vaccine for coronavirus so to help prevent a coronavirus infection, do the same things you do to avoid the common cold.
One of the difficulties that the doctors face is that, in the early stages, they find it difficult to distinguish a cold from the Coronavirus. This is because the symptoms of Coronavirus are similar to that of a common cold. These are:
It is advisable to seek a medical professional’s advice if your symptoms worsen.
According to at least one expert, if a parent has contacted the coronavirus, their unborn child likely won’t catch it from them, but it is always better to be safe than sorry. Pregnancy makes it hard for bodies to fight off infection which is why proper care must be taken to prevent yourselves from falling ill and to take care of your baby. It is highly recommended to follow certain precautions like:
1. Limit your exposure to crowded areas.
2. If you need to go into one of those places, wear a face mask for added protection.
3. Regular hand washing. Wash your hands:
4. Protect others from getting sick:
5. Practice food safety:
6. Avoid close contact with anyone showing symptoms such as coughing, sneezing and other respiratory illnesses.
Almost 15 percent of known pregnancies do end in miscarriage and honestly speaking, most miscarriages are due to genetic abnormalities of the foetus.
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