What Women Should Know About COVID-19

We’re listening, and we’re hearing that many Women’s Health Connecticut patients feel inundated with information about the novel coronavirus, or COVID-19 outbreak. We aim to be a reliable source of information during times of uncertainty. Rest assured that you can always reach out to your Women’s Health Connecticut provider with questions or concerns about any illness and how it relates to your ObGyn care and your family’s health.

At this time, the immediate risk to the general public in the United States is relatively low, however it’s a good idea to learn about COVID-19 prevention, especially if you are pregnant. Here are simple steps you can take to protect yourself and your family from COVID-19 and other respiratory illnesses like the flu.

COVID-19 Prevention Tips

  • Wash your hands frequently with soap and water for at least 20 seconds, especially after blowing your nose, coughing, sneezing, using the toilet, and before preparing food or eating. Use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer when soap and water are not available.
  • Avoid touching your face with unwashed hands
  • If you are feeling sick, stay home to recuperate and to minimize the impact on others
  • Cover your cough or sneeze with a tissue, then throw the tissue away and wash your hands. Cough or sneeze into your elbow if you don’t have a tissue.
  • Facemasks are intended for use by people who are ill to help prevent the spread of respiratory illness to others. If you are well, a facemask will not protect you from contracting COVID-19.

If you are experiencing flu-like symptoms, we suggest that you seek medical care with a primary care physician as a first step. If you have recently traveled to a country with ongoing person-to-person transmission of COVID-19, please let us know before coming to your doctor’s office for your scheduled appointment.

Our providers also recommend visiting the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC)'s website for up-to-date travel warnings and more detailed disease prevention information.

Take the same precautions you would during the flu season. The best way to prevent the spread of this new virus is to cover your cough, stay home when you’re sick and avoid being within six feet of others who might be sick.

COVID-19 and Pregnancy

Are pregnant women more likely to contract COVID-19?

While no data specific to COVID-19 is currently available, we do know that changes occur during pregnancy which might make pregnant women more susceptible to viral respiratory infections like COVID-19. If a pregnant woman does become ill, she may be more likely to develop complications like pneumonia. If you are pregnant, we advise that you take usual preventative actions like washing your hands often and avoiding people who show signs of illness.

Can a pregnant woman with COVID-19 pass the virus to her unborn baby?

This is still unknown, however, in limited studies of babies born to mothers with COVID-19, none of the infants have tested positive for the virus.

 

 

Sources:

https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/summary.html
https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/about/share-facts.html