10 March 2020

COVID-19: Coronavirus and pregnancy

By the Editorial Comitee IVI Blog

  • Dr. Antonio Requena, general medical director of IVI, appeals for calm at the evolution of the coronavirus.
  • The Lancet magazine published the first study between coronavirus and pregnancy: there is no evidence of mother-child infection.

The spread of the coronavirus (COVID-19) has generated a global social alert for different population groups, arousing in pregnant women a special concern regarding the effects of this disease on them and their future babies.

IVI wants to convey a message of tranquillity and prudence. The company is actively monitoring the evolution of the disease and is in contact with the health authorities.

 “It is clear that more and more countries and people are being affected by this virus, a situation that is disturbing the social strata and forcing the creation of protocols to curb the transmission of this virus as much as possible. These are agitated times and, given the circumstances, we must remain calm and pay attention to the scientific evidence that will help us to tackle Coronavirus and its effects with the greatest objectivity, without losing sight of the proven consequences, and limiting the reliability of unproven hypotheses”, said Dr. Antonio Requena, General Medical Director of IVI.

How to prevent infection by COVID-19?

  • Wash your hands frequently.
  • Cover your mouth with your bent elbow or with a tissue when you cough and sneeze.
  • Avoid touching your eyes, nose and mouth with your hands.
  • With the appearance of any symptoms, avoid close contact with other people.

The new coronavirus was identified in China at the end of 2019 and is a new strain that had not previously been seen in humans. The most common symptoms of the new coronavirus disease (COVID-19) are:

  • Fever
  • Cough
  • Feeling short of breath

The data offered by the Spanish Ministry of Health ensure that 80% of the people affected have mild symptoms. As with other diseases, the population at highest risk are older adults and people who have serious chronic medical conditions like heart disease, diabetes and lung disease. You can watch the video published by the ministry that collects the basic information everyone should follow.

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