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Know All Myths and Facts for Pregnant Women During COVID-19 Outbreak

myths and facts for pregnant women during the massive outbreak of COVID-19

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The rapid spread of COVID-19 has put the world in a tizzy. It is a zoonotic disease that is transmitted between animals and humans, however, now it is rapidly spreading through fomite transmission, cough, and sneezes. The common symptoms range from a sore throat, cough, fever, fatigue, shortness of breath while it turns fatal leading to an acute respiratory syndrome, organ failure, pneumonia which may even cause death. Spreading like wildfire around the globe, there is a panic in people, especially in pregnant women who are at greater risk in this time of the global pandemic situation.

We, at MediBuddy, have made a checklist of various myths and facts for pregnant women during the massive outbreak of COVID-19. Take a dekko!

Myth 1. Pregnant women are safe from the risk of coronavirus infection

An embryo grows inside a woman during pregnancy and therefore expecting mother’s body attunes to the new system by suppressing her immunity. This puts pregnant women at a much higher risk of catching viral infections therefore they are at greater risk of COVID-19 infection. And for pregnant women who are suffering from asthma, hypertension, or diabetes, the risk increases by ten folds.

#Fact

Pregnant women are at a higher risk of developing COVID-19 and need to be extra cautious.

Myth 2. Coronavirus can cause pregnancy complications

Reports have stated that an infected pregnant woman gave birth to a healthy and uninfected baby in China and no traces of coronavirus were found in the samples that were drawn soon after the delivery. However, there is not too much evidence to give a clean chit on this. Hence it is advised that mothers-to-be should take extra precautions to avoid getting infected during pregnancy. Also, mothers who have delivered the baby can breastfeed as it builds the immunity of newly born babies. Avoid public exposure, wearing a mask, and handle the baby with clean hands can keep the baby safe.

#Fact

Avoid public exposure, wearing a mask, and handle the baby with clean hands can keep the baby safe. Do not panic in case of any symptoms of COVID-19 infection, rather book an online consultation at MediBuddy to get quick medical guidance and also awareness.

Myth 3. Stopping the spread of COVID-19 is impossible

Spreading through respiratory droplets when an infected person coughs or sneezes, the spread of COVID-19 can only be prevented by diligently following basic hygiene rules such as:

  • Keeping the hands clean by washing them frequently with soap or by using hand sanitizer.
  • Avoid going to public places.
  • Avoid getting exposed to a sick person.
  • Keeping face covered with a mask.
  • Building immunity by consuming hygienic and nutritious food.
  • Avoid getting food from outside.
  • Include Vitamin C-rich foods, foods containing antioxidants.
  • Adding herbal tea or green tea to support immunity.

#Fact

We can lower the risk of spread by following safety protocols, adopting personal hygiene, and consuming immunity building food.

Myth 4. It is safe to travel by car or train than flight during pregnancy

It is advisable for mom-to-be to stay indoors and avoid travelling because this can expose her to infected people. Travelling by car is certainly safe, but it cannot guarantee your exposure to infected people putting you at risk for travelling. Also, having access to a doctor is always important during pregnancy. More people travelling will increase the risk of disease, whether car, train, or flight; getting exposed is worrisome.

#Fact

More people travelling will increase the risk of disease. Whether car, train, or flight; getting exposed is worrisome therefore it’s recommended by doctors at MediBuddy to avoid travelling. Know myths and facts related to coronavirus and stay safe!

Myth 5. You don’t need to wear a mask if you have no symptoms

It has been observed that people who don’t have symptoms feel that they don’t need a mask. However, it is essential to understand that wearing a mask is the best way to prevent touching your mouth and nose with your hands, especially when you are carrying a baby. Wearing a mask works as a shield against catching the virus, it gives extra protection. Washing or replacing your mask regularly is important. Also, always discard the used mask in a closed bin.

#Fact

Wearing a mask works as a protection against catching the virus. It definitely lowers the risk of getting infected with COVID-19.

Hope this piece of information helps you in being safe during pregnancy. To know more about pregnancy-related things you can download the MediBuddy App or simply check the blogs on MediBuddy website. It is by far the most promising online consultation platform in India. Stay Informed and Stay Safe!

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