The Coronavirus (COVID-19) is a respiratory disease that has spread in most countries around the world. It’s a global pandemic and it has no medication at the moment. Public health officials are working hard to contain the spread of the virus.
The virus spread from person-to-person via respiratory droplets when an infected person sneezes or coughs. Also, it spreads when one touches surfaces or objects that have the virus, and then touches their mouth, eyes or nose. COVID-19 has no immediate symptoms and as a result, most people are spreading the virus without their knowledge.
Pregnant women and families with newborns must take routine preventive measures to avoid infection with the COVID-19.
COVID-19 on pregnancy and newborns
It’s important to take precautions and be safe for the pregnancy period as well as after the delivery. COVID-19 is a public health emergency and having a newborn causes more stress thus calling for safety measures for everyone.
The general symptoms of COVID-19 are specific, and if you get any get medical care immediately. The signs are;
- Having difficulty or shortness in breathing.
- Having fever
- Having pain and pressure in the chest
- Bluish lips and face
- Feeling weak and confused
Safety measures for pregnant women
- Practice social distancing – when you are at a public place ensure you stay one meter away from other adults. Stay at home if you don’t have an essential need and avoid contact with sick people.
- Stay up-to-date on vaccines for pregnancy
- Wash your hands regularly with soap and running water for about 20 seconds, or use an alcohol-based sanitizer. Cough or sneeze into a tissue, or your arm, and then throw used tissue in the trash.
- Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth.
- Wear a mask when in public places
Safety measures for families with a newborn on COVID-19
- For breastfeeding mums, ensure you observe respiratory hygiene during feeding and wear a mask, wash hands before and after touching the baby, also ensure you disinfect surfaces they get in contact.
- If you test positive for COVID-19, you will not be able to stay with your baby. A caregiver will give directives because; you will be required to express breast milk by using a breast pump. Wash your hands thoroughly before and after getting in contact with the pump and baby feeding bottles.
- Keep your baby clean at all times and stay at home with them as much as possible unless you seeking medical help. Use a face mask when around people. Control people that get in contact with your baby.
- Monitor your temperature and that of your baby.
COVID-19 is a deadly disease globally and it’s everyone’s responsibility to take measures in prevention. Pregnant women and newborns are at a high risk of getting infected. There’s no vaccine for COVID-19 at the moment and the public health is working towards preventive measures to prevent the spread.
It’s important for pregnant women to take precautions like washing hands frequently with soap or sanitizing with an alcohol-based sanitizer, staying at home or wearing a mask when going out, monitor their temperature and seek medication when they have flu-like symptoms.
Also, parents with a newborn should follow the caregiver’s guidelines and keep their baby’s safety. If a mother feels COVID-19 symptoms they should seek medical attention immediately.
The world health organizations together with each affected country are giving measures to follow and prevent the spread of the virus, please adhere to it responsibly.