Corona Virus and Pregnancy

Summary from several internet sources

As this is being discussed in the media, we decided to do some research for our pregnant ladies.

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CORONA & GIVING BIRTH IN HOSPITALS 
Hello ladies,
I saw the article below yesterday. I can understand that pregnant women are now afraid of being alone in the delivery room. I talked to some midwives this morning and you can bring your husband to the delivery room! If nobody is ill you can take your partner with you and your other children can also visit you at the hospital. But it is quite strict with other visitors....If there is no medical indication you could think of leaving the hospital earlier, especially when you have a midwife who will visit you regularly.
I hope with this information we can take away some worries. Stay strong and try to be calm... We are here for you! gravidamiga@kiramiga.com

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The following information are based on the WHO (World Health organization) and the RKI (Robert Koch Institut Germany:

COVID-19 is an infectious disease caused by the most recently discovered coronavirus. This new virus and disease were unknown before the outbreak began in Wuhan, China, in December 2019.

People can catch COVID-19 from others who have the virus. The disease can spread from person to person through small droplets from the nose or mouth which are spread when a person with COVID-19 coughs or exhales. These droplets land on objects and surfaces around the person. Other people then catch COVID-19 by touching these objects or surfaces, then touching their eyes, nose or mouth. People can also catch COVID-19 if they breathe in droplets from a person with COVID-19 who coughs out or exhales droplets. This is why it is important to stay more than 1 meter (3 feet) away from a person who is sick.

More information you can read here: https://www.who.int/news-room/q-a-detail/q-a-coronaviruses

We tried to find out if there are facts about COVID-19 and pregnancy.
Unfortunately, we could not find basic information and/or facts.
The network of all OB GYN in Germany recommends to follow the strict hygienic instructions given.
By now there are no cases where the COVID-19 was transmitted to the unborn baby. In a recent study of nine infected women in the last trimester of pregnancy, the sars-CoV-2 virus was not found in amniotic fluid, umbilical cord blood, or breast milk. The women gave birth to their children by caesarean section. However, it is not yet possible to make a final statement on this matter simply because of the small number of cases.

  • The most important thing is to stay calm and to follow the hygienic rules!
  • Keep your distance from people who are coughing, sniffling or who have a fever! (at least 1 meter)
  • If you need to cough or sneeze, use a tissue or the crook of your arm!
  • Keep your hands away from your face – avoid touching your mouth, eyes or nose with your hands!
  • Wash your hands regularly and properly (at least 20 seconds) with soap and water - we make our kids sing happy birthday for the duration :-)

Here is a good summary of the hygiene tips in English:

https://www.infektionsschutz.de/fileadmin/infektionsschutz.de/Bilder/Infografiken/A4_Plakat_10_Hygienetipps_EN_300dpi.png

We wish you lot’s of health and not too many worries because of the COVID-19 virus.

Here is a list of the sources we used for this article.

https://www.baby-care.de/blog/coronavirus-in-der-schwangerschaft-die-ersten-informationen
https://www.frauenaerzte-im-netz.de/aktuelles/meldung/corona-virus-und-schwangerschaft/
https://www.rki.de/DE/Home/homepage_node.html
https://www.who.int/emergencies/diseases/novel-coronavirus-2019

 

March 2020
Dr. Christine Krämer
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