Since Corona outbreak has been declared a ‘pandemic’ by WHO, concerns regarding who is more vulnerable to this virus have been around for a long time. The Guardian has reported that pregnant women are no longer at risk of Covid-19 symptoms, despite the chaos created in the world. According to the report, there is no evidence or studies that can prove that the baby can be affected by the virus.
The Royal College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists cites the guidelines along with Royal College of Pediatrics and Child Health and Royal College of Midwives. These institutions have assured pregnant women as no details related to this were announced before this.
President of Royal College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists, Edward Morris quoted, “It is quite a new virus and we are just starting to learn about it. With new evidence coming, the guidance will be reviewed further. There are chances that pregnant women will be tested positive for Covid-19 symptoms over the next few weeks and months. Currently, this data is limited. But it is also true that there is no evidence that viruses can be passed from mother to child while carrying.”
Even if it is tested positive, it is being advised not to get mothers and their children separated. President of Royal College of Pediatrics and Child Health, Prof. Russell Viner suggested, “Even as a precaution, the effect of this separation can be heavy on both the mother and baby. When we get more evidence in coming months and weeks, we will consider this recommendation. There is still lack of evidence that coronavirus can be transmitted through breast milk. On the basis of our knowledge, breastfeeding can benefit the child and it can still outweigh any risks.”
Practicing good hygiene helps prevent the spread of any virus, including COVID-19. Droplet transmission is the main source to spread the virus. For example, an infected person expels tiny droplets which have virus in the radius of 6 feet when they sneeze or cough.
Such droplets are quite heavy and they don’t stay in the air any longer. They survive only for a few minutes. They fall onto anyone or anything under them. The exact lifespan of these droplets is still not known. According to the experts, these droplets can last on surfaces for a several hours to few days.
Hence, it is advised to clean up the surfaces, such as bathroom counters and desks. Wash your hands regularly. It is the best way for protection, as per the reports of Public Health Agency, Canada.
It is also recommended for pregnant women to maintain the same precautions as other people. For example, they should avoid public gatherings and sick people, and sanitize surfaces and wash hands frequently. If your hands are clean, virus cannot enter your mouth and nose to infect you.
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