Pregnancy in Times of COVID-19

Let us debunk some crucial information about pregnancy during the COVID-19 times!

By: Dr Prathima Reddy

Coming from a family of viruses that cause illness ranging from the common cold to more severe diseases such as Severe Acute Respiratory Syndrome (SARS-CoV) and Middle East Respiratory Syndrome (MERS-CoV), the Coronavirus disease (COVID-19) is a new strain that was discovered in 2019 in Wuhan, China and has not been previously identified in humans.

This infection often leads to fever, cough, running nose, shortness of breath and breathing difficulties. And in more severe cases, the infection can cause pneumonia, severe acute respiratory syndrome, kidney failure and even death. 

With the ongoing COVID-19 crisis, a lot of speculations have been arising about its impact on pregnant women. So, we feature some crucial information about the same!

Vulnerability To The Disease

There is not much scientific information on this subject as the disease is still very new.  Pregnant women experience immunologic and physiologic changes which make them more susceptible to viral respiratory infections.

Based on a limited number of confirmed COVID – 19 cases, pregnant women do not appear to be at an increased risk for severe disease.  This is unlike other viral infections such as influenza, SARS-CoV and MERS-CoV where the severity is much more.

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