What is corona virus?
It’s a type of virus. Novel coronavirus (SARS-COV-2) is a new strain of coronavirus causing COVID-19, first identified in Wuhan City, China. Other coronavirus infections include the common cold (HCoV 229E, NL63, OC43 and HKU1), Middle East Respiratory Syndrome (MERS-CoV) and Severe Acute Respiratory Syndrome (SARS-CoV).
How does it spread?
It spreads from one human to another, majorly through cough/sneeze droplets (respiratory) and close contact
Is pregnant mother more susceptible to the infection?
No, the risk of pregnant mother getting COVID19 infection is not more than the common population unless she has other comorbidities like diabetes, high blood pressure, immunosuppression etc.
In case of pregnant mother infected with COVID 19, is the baby at risk of getting affected? Is there any test which needs to be done?
Currently, there is no proven vertical transmission meaning baby in the womb(foetus) getting affected due to infected mother is virtually zero. Hence no specific tests are currently required to test infection status of the foetus.
However infected mother should take precautions of self-isolation as per local health guidelines to avoid spread of infection to other persons
What are the features of infection?
Features like cough, cold, breathlessness, chest pain, body ache should prompt further testing and isolation
Is coronavirus infection associated with miscarriage?
Currently, there is no proven link of association between miscarriage and COVID19 infection, unless in presence of other risk factors.
What precautions should pregnant females take to safeguard themselves?
Can an infected mother breastfeed?
Unless the infection is very serious, the mother can breastfeed. Breastfeeding is not yet proven to transmit the virus from mother to the baby. She can express the breastmilk to limit the contact. However, if the mother’s condition is serious, the obstetrician will obviously guide otherwise.