Since COVID-19 first appeared, medical researchers and scientists have been working hard to understand the implications of the novel coronavirus on different segments of the population.
Here at Southern Crescent Women’s HealthCare, with locations in Fayetteville, Newnan, and Stockbridge, Georgia, we’re committed to protecting the health and well-being of our patients. Our experienced OB/GYN providers want to keep you informed about COVID-19 and its impact on gynecological and obstetrics care.
Our offices are open and will remain open to ensure you have access to much-needed women’s healthcare. To help you understand the impact of COVID-19 on women’s healthcare, we’ve put together this article.
Does COVID-19 impact women differently?
COVID-19 is a new virus, and the data is still emerging. However, public health research indicates that while men and women contract the disease at about the same rate, men with COVID-10 are at a greater risk for more serious outcomes, regardless of age.
It’s important to note that more research and studies are needed to better understand the effects of COVID-19 in relation to gender. It’s also important to remember that women with underlying health conditions are still at an increased risk for complications related to coronavirus.
How are pregnant women affected by COVID-19?
According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), no current data indicates that COVID-19 affects pregnant women differently than the general population.
However, this virus is new, and data is constantly emerging. From past studies, medical researchers know that pregnant women experience a higher risk of getting sick from other respiratory viruses than nonpregnant women. In other words, if you’re pregnant, it’s more important than ever to be mindful of your risks related to infection.
The American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists (ACOG) encourages pregnant women to maintain their healthcare routine and for providers and patients to take precautions against COVID-19. These precautions may include additional screening for COVID-19 before an in-person appointment, following local and state health department policies, and practicing good hygiene and social distancing. Other steps may include:
- Avoiding close contact with sick individuals
- Avoiding close contact with people who have traveled within the past 14 days
- Washing hands frequently and using an alcohol-based hand sanitizer
- Cleaning and sanitizing surfaces in the home and work area
- Staying home when possible to limit your exposure to others
- Maintaining contact with key health providers during your pregnancy
Will I give COVID-19 to my baby?
Data on the transmission of COVID-19 from mother to unborn child is still emerging. However, the most recent studies indicate there is no evidence to suggest that pregnant women can pass the virus to their child in utero.
Infants and newborns can contract COVID-19, however, and women who test positive for COVID-19 are at a higher risk of developing complications during pregnancy, including respiratory emergencies and premature labor.
It’s important to work closely with your OB/GYN at Southern Crescent Women’s HealthCare to ensure the healthiest pregnancy and delivery possible. Our team will provide you with the most up-to-date guidelines to protect you and your unborn child.
How can I learn more about COVID-19 and women’s healthcare?
At Southern Crescent Women’s HealthCare, our offices are open and will remain open to ensure you have access to much-needed women’s healthcare. We’ve made key changes to the way we deliver healthcare to keep you and your loved ones safe, and our staff and providers will be happy to answer any questions you may have.
If you’ve missed or canceled appointments, we encourage you to restart any care you may have postponed due to COVID-19. Our team follows CDC guidelines to ensure your appointment will occur in a safe and healthy environment. '
To learn more about COVID-19 and women’s healthcare, or to catch up on missed appointments, book an appointment online or over the phone with Southern Crescent Women’s HealthCare today.