Coronavirus and Pregnancy

It’s not likely to kill you: most cases of COVID-19 are mild with about 80% only causing cold symptoms.

The bottom line with this virus? It’s not likely to kill you: most cases of COVID-19 are mild with about 80% only causing cold symptoms. Another 14% of cases are severe and approximately 6% are considered critical.

  • Avoid all nonessential travel to China and South Korea, and now Italy, Iran, and Japan (as of the publishing of this article). We recommend checking the CDC regularly for updates.
  • Pregnant women, and everyone else, should engage in the usual preventive actions to avoid infection including:
  • Stay home when you have respiratory symptoms (though the flu or another respiratory virus is more likely to be the cause, it’s better to be safe).
  • Cover coughs and sneezes preferably with a tissue, then throw it away.
  • Wash hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds — especially after going to the bathroom, before eating, after blowing your nose, coughing, or sneezing.
  • If there’s no soap or water readily available, use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer with 60–95% alcohol.
  • Make sure to clean frequently touched surfaces and objects.

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