Before going into the matter, let's start with the basics: Coronavirus is a family of RNA viruses that is not new, what is new is this variant of coronavirus called COVID-19. The genome of RNA viruses is constantly changing, giving rise to new variants, some being more aggressive than others. As with the famous influenza virus, it is also an RNA virus that changes its genome.
Within the Coronavirus family, a significant number of them are responsible for very mild respiratory conditions (such as the common cold). Although other Coronaviruses are responsible for much more serious respiratory infections such as SARS-CoV and MERS-CoV, both associated with a mortality of over 20%, although their rate of transmission was much lower than that of COVID-19.
COVID-19 and pregnancy
According to gynecology treatment hospitals in India, it seems that pregnancy does not increase the individual susceptibility of suffering from the virus and in the case of suffering from it, the symptoms of pregnant women are equivalent to the rest of the population.
Because COVID-19 is so recent, there are still few studies about its behavior in its transmission to the baby during pregnancy. In the case of SARS-CoV and MERS-CoV infection (which are much more serious than COVID-19) there are some small studies published in pregnant women in which it was shown that there is no vertical transmission, that is, that it does not pass the virus from the pregnant to the baby.
COVID-19 and breastfeeding
According to medical experts of gynecology treatment hospitals in Delhi - Taking into account the benefits of breastfeeding and the low relevance of breast milk in the context of the transmission of other respiratory viruses, the mother can continue to breastfeed her baby as long as she takes all the necessary precautions.
Among the precautions that the nursing mother must have are:
- Wear a mask when you are near your baby and wash your hands well before close contact with the baby.
- In the event that the mother is very ill to be able to breastfeed her baby. Gynecologist recommend that milk should be given to the baby by cotton or with a clean spoon.
Some doctors of gynecology treatment hospitals have preferred not to recommend breastfeeding in case of an infected mother until there are no new studies reporting more cases.
What protective measures should you follow to avoid contagion?
There is currently too much information everywhere, some of it can sometimes seem too alarmist. The only thing you must do at this time is to become aware of the situation as it is, and maintain the protection measures indicated by the Ministry of Health:
- Frequent hand washing with soap and water.
- Avoid contact of hands in mouth, nose and eyes.
- Keep a distance of at least a meter and a half from other people.
- Cover the mouth when coughing with the inside of the elbow or with a disposable tissue and throw away instantly.
Let's keep calm
In the presence of mild catarrhal symptoms (cough, low-grade fever, ...) do not panic!
Since the information is going too fast, and the situation is updated day by day, the recommendations may change from one day to the next. Therefore, in a suspicious situation, what you should do is call the telephone number authorized by the authorities, where they will guide you on what to do at that time.
Common sense is important: if you experience more severe symptoms such as shortness of breath, high fever, it is best to go directly to the hospital.