Coronavirus

posted 1 month ago in Pregnancy
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Honey bee

I actually looked into this last night, after reading the CDC announcement. The few, small studies, on pregnancy and coronavirus say that you can’t pass the virus in utero and that children and pregnant women are actually shown to be less likely to contract the virus. Those that are contracting it tend to be mid 40’s-60’s, and those that have died generally have had other conditions causing complications. It made me feel a little better, although that’s obviously awful for the victims. As for whether a clinic would close? That certainly could be possible, but I tend to not focus on things I can’t change, soooo ? 

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Busy bee
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zstbee84 :  Omg I am glad you started this thread…I was just thinking about how this could effect ttc since will doing a fet this summer! I tend to think way ahead too….but unfortunately I dont think anyone knows how this will go! I met with my RE next month…I was gonna ask her what her thoughts were. I travel for work sometimes by plane and of course I am wondering I should still do that if I become pregnant!

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whitums :  This makes me feel so much better that it cant be transfered inutero!! 

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Honey bee

Are you changing your TTC plans because of the flu? Cause the flu has killed 14,000 people in the US so far this season. 

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Sugar bee
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I was also going to mention the Coronavirus is way less deadly and widespread than the flu. It’s not really anything to worry about. 

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Helper bee

Coronaviruses are essentially upper respiratory tract infections of varying severity (like a cold or influenza), so I don’t see why it would have any different impact on pregnancy (i.e., the risk to the fetus is from your fever, dehydration, etc.). 

As a mom to 2 premature newborns (with an immunologist father), I’m way more concerned about the flu, especially given all the idiots who don’t get their flu vaccine. 

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Bee Keeper
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I forget where it was from but a pregnant corona virus infected mother gave birth and the baby was not infected. 

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Busy bee
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It’s not something I’m worried about, as we look ahead to TTC. It’s already dying down in China. Outside of the initial province, which is apparently noted for it’s sub-par medical care, it’s not proving to be especially dangerous to healthy adults (same as the flu). I tend to be a huge worrywart (I worried a lot about Ebola), but what I’ve read hasn’t especially scared me. I’m much more worried about the flu. 

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Bee Keeper
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dianaj17 :  dying down in China? Who is releasing this info, the communist government? Sadly it’s not getting better. 

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Busy Beekeeper
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I’m glad to see that pregnant women don’t seem to be more susceptible to coronavirus. I haven’t been overly concerned but will be flying a few times this year and was wondering if it would potentially be an issue (since pregnancy do impact the immune system).

Thanks for posting this.

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sarathemermaid :  Flu is far more widespread, but I thought I read it kills .1 % compared to about 2% for corona virus, making corona far more deadly IF you actually were to contract it. That said, so far, the death rate is much less than 2% outside of China, but still, I believe, a bit higher than the flu. Could be due to better medical care and fewer cases. It also seems to be more contagious than flu, with one patient infecting more people. 

I also read that it can’t be transferred in utero, but of course that doesn’t mean the mom can’t get sick enough to cause issues with the pregnancy. But as mentioned, it seems to be less prevalent and severe in younger people. 

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Helper bee

Coronavirus is more deadly than the flu with respect to the mortality rate: if you get it, you’re much more likely to die. Estimates of the fatality rate for the coronavirus are generally between 1-3.5%, whereas the flu recently has tended to be 0.1% or less (much less where I live according to official statistics). There are also plenty of recorded deaths for younger people despite the fatality rate for this population being lower than people aged over 60. 

We can expect the mortality rates in developed countries to rise as medical resources become more stretched (about 20% of coronavirus patients have serious illness – there are only so many ventilators in hospitals). 

Personally, I’m considering postponing TTC based on the coronavirus because of risks during pregnancy to pregnant women, who are generally somewhat compromised for most viruses. Currently the sample size of pregnant women studied is too low to draw conclusions from. It also appears that patients can develop serious illness weeks after the initial symptoms – we just don’t know that much about the full course of this virus yet.

Another TTC concern of mine is job security based on the huge economic consequences that the outbreak will have. For people in the education, retail, financial, travel, hospitality or consumer discretionary sectors, pain lies ahead. 

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Worker bee
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I am newly pregnant and I (and my physician husband) are somewhat concerned. As OP mentioned it is predicted to spread very widely and there isn’t much data on outcomes for pregnant women. While flu is more of a present threat the vaccine at least confers some immunity. I have seen mixed perspectives in the journals on expected impact on pregnant women & fetuses / newborns. A study with 9 women in China who gave birth showed fine outcomes but these women were all very late third trimester, not earlier. MERS and SARS, which are also Coronaviruses but had higher mortality rates than COVID-19 caused a lot of trouble for pregnant women. I dont feel the data right now is good enough to say that it won’t cause problems for women, particularly earlier in pregnancy. I’m not freaking out about it but I may end up canceling some international travel (I am in the US) depending on how it progresses.

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Busy bee
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whitums :  The studies that the CDC cited did not find instances where the virus was transmitted in utero. That does not mean that it cannot be transmitted in utero – the current literature is inconclusive re: vertical transmission.

Not trying to be negative – it’s just very important that we don’t share inaccurate information about global health emergencies.

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