Keeping Pregnant Women Safe in the event of a viral outbreak
Here is all you need to know about keeping the health of you and your baby safe from disease outbreaks
The beginning of 2020 saw a viral outbreak in China turn into a global pandemic with over 200,000 people catching the virus known as COVID-19 in just two months.
The difficulty of this disease is that the spread is so quick and hard to detect straight away.
The symptoms are just like a common cold or the flu, including:
- A high temperature or fever
- A newly contracted continuous cough
The spread of this disease has caused a lot of uncertainty worldwide especially for expectant mothers. People have been asked to self-isolate if they have symptoms for at least 7 – 14 days, with the immediate people they have come into contact with being asked to do the same.
While many people can fight off the disease with little medical help and rest, the disease can have serious and in some cases deadly effects to many people in high-risk groups including:
- Elderly people over 70
- People with other health conditions, especially respiratory and organs
- Expectant Mothers
Coronavirus and Pregnancy – What do you need to know
As this virus is very new there is minimal information about how the disease affects pregnant women and their babies.
As of now, the virus does not show to spread from the mother to the foetus
It is too soon to say whether a normal birth or a c-section is the safer option in order to stop a baby contracting the disease during birth.
While it is again too soon to say whether COVID-19 causes any complications to the pregnancy, although it has caused some women in China, where the virus was first reported, to give birth prematurely.
The virus has been known to cause pneumonia in some cases wich, of course, can have effects on the pregnancy.
Due to the situation of quarantine and self-isolation in the UK, especially the avoidance to go to any medical centres including hospitals, it can be difficult to get the normal regular appointments you require as a pregnant woman. The government has set out guidelines and advice on what to do if you are in this situation.
How Can You Prevent Catching Coronavirus?
- Make sure you wash your hands regularly
Washing your hands regularly is one of the most important precautions when it comes to reducing the spread of the virus as well as avoiding catching it yourself.
You must wash your hands with warm water and soap for at least 20 seconds any time you leave or enter a new place or come into contact with any surfaces.
This can be hard to do if you are out of the house for any reason, so we would recommend you invest in hand sanitiser.
Being in a high-risk group you would benefit from buying coronavirus virus hand sanitation solution that comes in bulk such as those from Hunter Medical.
- Engage in social distancing
This means you must avoid contact with people who are infected with the disease, avoiding the use of public transport unless necessary, avoid gatherings and contact your GP or health professionals over the phone.
Find out more about this through the NHS 111 online service.
- If you have any symptoms of the virus, however mild, make sure you self-isolate, meaning you shouldn’t leave your home for at least 7 days. Speak to your doctor over the phone if you have an appointment or check-up.
- speak to your doctor or midwife