Coronavirus

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Post # 31
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Honey bee

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dianaj17 :  if you read the scientific press, this is more likely to become a pandemic because it is not very deadly. Deadly viruses get contained because those infected are identified and quarantined quickly. Not so much with a disease that is relatively mild and mimics other things like the common cold or flu. 

Post # 32
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Bumble bee

I have been reading some estimates that 40-70% of the global population will eventually contract coronavirus. That’s pretty scary, but what comforts me as a mom is that it sounds like it’s mostly people over the age of 80 or that have other medical conditions that get really bad cases of it. While that’s still obviously horrible, I’m relieved that it doesn’t sound like many children have been affected for whatever reason. The coronavirus outbreak would not cause me to put TTC on hold unless some new, distressing info comes out about the risk factor for pregnant women.

Post # 35
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Bumble bee
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I had the flu shot and still contracted influenza A while I was pregnant in 2016. I ended up critically ill and it turned to pneumonia and I was in ICU in a real life and death situation. I used to think those things only happened to other’ people, like when you read the news but think that won’t be you. As a result I would be very worried to be pregnant when Coronavirus was around as pregnancy does compromise your immune system and can make you have a more severe time if you do catch it, plus we know hardly anything about this disease and everyone says it’s nothing but if you look at Iran which has an outbreak and their death levels and it’s much higher than 2% as reported by China. I also worry about hospitals becoming overcrowded and even needing oxygen may be difficult if half the population are unwell. Considering most of our data has come from China I am concerned about whether the numbers posted are the real truth or a slight cover up. 

Post # 36
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Busy Beekeeper
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Iran’s death rate from the 1918 flu epidemic was also quite high compared to places like the US, so I am not sure that comparing the death rates in Iran is exactly accurate, either. Of course, part of what made the 1918 flu so awful was the fact that there were no antibiotics to control the secondary bacterial lung infections, but even so, the death rates varied from country to country.

As it stands, Iran’s death rate is just under 9% the last I heard, while China’s death rate has been about 3.5%. South Korea has only had about a 1% death rate. A country’s healthcare system certainly impacts the numbers. 

Ultimately, we cannot predict the future and how far the new coronavirus might spread. But while it would be dreadful to get sick while pregnant or have access to clinics limited due to an outbreak, it would be almost as awful to postpone your TTC plans for a year or more only to find it never reached your location anyway. 

Post # 37
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Busy bee

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amongclouds :  This is really unclear. In people under 40 it kills 0.2 even in China and there is heavy reason to believe the Chinese numbers are inflated because a) they under counted mild cases because of poor testing and b) Chinese men heavily smoke putting them at serious risk of complications from respiratory infection. It really isn’t clear or is as deadly as the regular flu and best evidence suggests it is LESS dangerous to children.

Post # 38
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Busy bee
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zstbee84 :  I completly understand that this is very frusrating. I did ivf to conceive my daughter and we had losses as well. It seemed things kept getting in my way and pushing things back and it got so annoying! It felt like the universe was against me which I am sure you feel that way now! So I can understand that after all you have been through you dont want yet another worry. I plan to do a transfer this summer to try for a second baby. As long as my RE recommends moving forward I still plan to do the transfer. Obviously if the situation gets much worse I would push it back. I have followed your posts on the bee and if I were you I would at least do the retrival and pgs testing as soon as your insurance allows. That way even if the coronavirus gets worse and you have to postpone transfer at least you will have your embryos frozen. Still not ideal I know but at least you know you will have them! 

As of right now SART is just basically saying if you get coronavirus or have been to a high effected area to put treatment off for a bit( which makes sense) but other wise I didnt see  anything so far about needing to postpone treatment for now. I guess we will just have to wait and see which is super frustrating! 

Maybe talk to your RE about the situation? I see mine later this month to discuss my next transfer and I am going to see how she is advising ttc patient’s at this time. I really wish you the best of luck! 

Also wanted to say I totally get over worryying! I am an over worrier too!! I wish I could be more laid back like some of the people on this thread and not worry until they have too! I think that is the best approch but easier said then done!

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Buzzing bee

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zstbee84 :  Glad to hear you got approval for the IVF! That’s so exciting and I’m so happy to hear that!

As for Coronavirus, I think you may want to check out this by an obgyn youtuber Mama Doctor Jones. She answers a lot of questions and talks about it with regards to pregnancy and infants. It may ease your worries a bit!

Post # 42
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Busy bee

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dianaj17 :  
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lifeisbeeutiful :  It is dying down in China…May not be the best way to write it lol, but they are finding a huge decrease in cases, and other cases are clearing up

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