Present Facts and Outlook - Pregnant Women With Coronavirus JD150620-c

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With the world’s economy slowly opening up, there is a lot of concern as to how the novel coronavirus will impact certain segments of population. In particular, researchers are concerned about the health of pregnant women with coronavirus symptoms. Let us take a look at what is known till date about how this virus impacts pregnant women.

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Present Facts and Outlook – Pregnant Women with Coronavirus With the world’s economy slowly opening up there is a lot of concern as to how the novel coronavirus will impact certain segments of population. In particular researchers are concerned about the health of pregnant women with coronavirus symptoms. Let us take a look at what is known till date about how this virus impacts pregnant women. The Symptoms and Risk The symptoms of the novel coronavirus – also known as COVID 19 – include cough fever loss of taste and smell and difficulty in breathing. Patients may also

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experience body ache and a sore throat. An expectant mother who feels an onset of any of these symptoms should call her doctor immediately and/or follow her country’s protocol for testing. Many researchers are concerned whether the novel coronavirus poses a greater danger to pregnant women than others. Current studies show that pregnant women with generally good health do not face any greater COVID 19 risks when compared to other segments of the population. However obesity diabetes and high blood pressure may put a pregnant woman at a higher risk of COVID 19 complications. Therefore it is advisable that every pregnant woman who experiences an onset of flu symptoms should contact her doctor immediately. A Look at Some Case Studies Here is a quick overview of certain case studies of pregnant women with coronavirus: • Data from an NPEU UK study indicates that women who develop COVID 19 complications are mainly in their third trimester which indicates a greater need for social distancing post 27 or 28 weeks of pregnancy • The same study also found that pregnant women above the age of 35 years do fall in a higher risk group for health complications • A Wuhan hospital study showed that the case characteristics of pregnant women with coronavirus did not differ greatly from that of non-pregnant patients • A study at a New York hospital found that 29 out of 33 coronavirus positive pregnant women were asymptomatic • The International Journal of Infectious Diseases notes no transfer of infection to baby during delivery • Another study from the UK indicated that there is no increase in risk for miscarriage among women who test positive for COVID 19 These studies reflect only information known till date. Precautionary Measures For Pregnant Women With Coronavirus With each passing day new research and statistics on the novel coronavirus help us understand more about the disease. Till then the best that we can do is to stay safe. Here are some precautionary measures that pregnant women must take. • Wash hands frequently with soap and water • Use an alcohol-based sanitizer to clean hands when soap and water are unavailable • Avoid stepping out unless absolutely necessary • Contact your doctor by phone instead of visiting the clinic • Speak to your employer about work from home options • Never take public transport • Report any symptoms or ill health to your doctor immediately

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Post-delivery make sure to follow the doctor’s instructions to prevent a transfer of infection to the new born baby. Looking Forward In these trying times knowledge is the best line of defense. And fortunately we can find courses and even learn safely while social distancing thanks to the Internet. Medical Learning Hub is a platform for continuing medical education for those at the frontlines of the COVID 19 pandemic. With a wide range of online and on-site courses as well as webinars from experts in medicine learning has never been this easy. Log on to Medical Learning Hub today to explore the latest in medical studies. We hope this article has been helpful. Take care. Reference https://www.rcog.org.uk/en/guidelines-research-services/guidelines/coronavirus-pregnancy/covid- 19-virus-infection-and-pregnancy/ https://www.tommys.org/pregnancy-information/im-pregnant/pregnancy-and-coronavirus- information-pregnant-women https://www.healthline.com/health/pregnancy/coronavirus-pregnancy https://www.npeu.ox.ac.uk/news/1963-pregnant-women-are-not-at-greater-risk-of-severe-covid- 19-than-other-women-but-most-of-those-who-have-problems-are-in-their-third-trimester https://www.focusonreproduction.eu/article/ESHRE-News-Coronavirus-3 https://www.ijidonline.com/article/S1201-97122030280-0/fulltext Link: https://medicallearninghub.com/course/Coronavirus-livestream-webcast

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