Important Notice About Coronavirus (COVID-19)To Our Patients: As your healthcare provider, we value—and are committed to—your health and the health of your family. We also understand that you have concerns about the novel coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak, which has now been designated a global pandemic. At all times, we prioritize optimal health, safety and infection control. During this outbreak we are continuing to do so with special vigilance and focus. We are closely monitoring the evolving situation, carefully following the guidelines of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), and taking specific measures to protect you, your family, our employees and the communities we serve. As things change, we will adjust our policies and practices to respond appropriately to new developments. At the same time, we will keep you informed about best infection-control practices and what you need to know to keep yourself and your loved ones safe. For pregnant women, the following information has been simplified from the CDC website (https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/specific-groups/pregnancy-faq.html) : Q: Are pregnant women more susceptible to coronavirus infection or complications of infection? The susceptibility of pregnant women is unclear due to small numbers described in the literature. Pregnant women have changes in their bodies that may make them more susceptible, such as influenza or other respiratory illnesses, but the overall information is unclear. Information on the fetus during pregnancy is unclear at this point, but no current increase in problems has been noted. There has been an increased risk of preterm birth in the initial reports, but it is unclear if this is due to the maternal infection. Q: Can pregnant women pass coronavirus to their fetus or newborn? The coronavirus infection is spread through respiratory droplets. The possibility of spread to the fetus during the pregnancy is still unknown. However, in a recent small study of infants born to mothers with coronavirus, none of the infants tested positive for the virus. Also, the virus was not found in the amniotic fluid or breast milk. However, close contact with a confirmed patient with coronavirus is a risk factor for infection and may spread infection via respiratory droplets may occur after birth.
How can you limit your exposure to the virus?The best way to prevent coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) is to avoid being exposed to the virus, which at this time is thought to spread mainly person-to-person. How do you do that?
- Wash your hands with soap and water – frequently and for at least 20 seconds each time
- If soap and water are not available, use hand sanitizer that contains at least 60% alcohol
- Avoid touching your face
- Maintain “social distancing” between others (about six feet apart)
- Avoid contact with people who are sick
- Cover your mouth and nose if you cough or sneeze (and immediately wash or sanitize your hands)
Rest assured that we at High Risk Pregnancy Center are taking this outbreak—and our resonsibility as your trusted provider—seriously. We will continue evaluating developments and taking appropriate actions to reduce exposure and keep you up-to-date.
What should you do if you’re sick?
- Stay home except to get medical care when moderately ill – avoid public areas, transportation, events, etc.
- If you’re around other ill persons or caring for others, wear a facemask (N95)
- Cover coughs and sneezes, wash/sanitize hands and clean and disinfect all high-touch surfaces daily
- Monitor symptoms – seek prompt medical care if symptoms worsen
- Call your doctor before seeking care, including for appointments scheduled for other reasons
- Call 911 if you have a medical emergency