- 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.
Coronavirus and pregnancy
In this regard, and following the publication of one of the first studies on the relationship between Coronavirus and pregnancy, the conclusions of which have been published in The Lancet, it should be noted that:
- At the moment, it has not been scientifically proven that pregnant women are more susceptible to infection from Coronavirus, so it is recommended to follow the same steps to prevent infection as those defined for the rest of the population.
- To date, there is no evidence of the transmission of this type of viriasis through assisted reproduction treatments.
- Published articlesand case studies show that there is no vertical mother-to-child transmission of COVID-19. In addition, neither the prognosis of the pregnancy nor of the patients was worse compared to infected non-pregnant women.
“It is important to stay calm, since although the evolution of Coronavirus causes uncertainty and insecurity, the truth is that neither patients in reproductive treatment nor pregnant women in the third trimester of pregnancy have so far shown risks for the evolution of the process and condition of their future baby”, added Dr. Requena. “However, we must be cautious, given that current information is scarce, without losing sight of the fact that for a pregnant woman any viriasis that may affect the lower respiratory tract is a risk for her and her pregnancy,” he concluded.
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:
- 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.