Pregnancy and Coronavirus (COVID-19)

Dr Erica Watson (Speaker in Reproductive Biology, at University of Cambridge) discuss why expecting ladies are currently considered to be an at danger group for COVID-19.

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Transcript
Yesterday the Government revealed that pregnant ladies are now taken into consideration in the high threat group for COVID-19 as well as are being advised to limit their social interactions. But why might expecting women be a lot more at danger for COVID-19? We spoke with Erica Watson, Lecturer in Reproductive Biology at the University of Cambridge.

She told us that in pregnancy, females’s immune systems are naturally compromised, so that their bodies do not decline the developing baby. This puts them at greater threat for viral and microbial infection. This means that they might not be able to eradicate the COVID-19 virus along with a person that is not expectant. It might also enhance their risk for extreme signs, such as pneumonia. Pneumonia affects lung function as well as, given that the establishing baby relies upon the mommy for oxygen, improperly working lungs in the mother will affect exactly how much oxygen the child gets.

However there is still a whole lot we do not understand concerning the impact of COVID-19 on an establishing baby, as an example whether it can contaminate the child while it is still in the womb, the risk of transmission at birth and the results of COVID-19 on the placenta. The placenta is an organ which develops during maternity and supplies the child with oxygen and nutrients, as well as protecting from infection.
COVID-19 is a brand-new virus as well as scientists are just beginning to comprehend just how it assaults the body and the symptoms that result. Offered that we are not yet sure just how COVID-19 influences pregnancy, it is suggested that expectant ladies practice social distancing to protect themselves as well as their child.

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