It is unclear whether pregnant women are at a higher risk for severe illness from COVID-19 than other, healthy people. You are likely at higher risk of some complications, similar to the seasonal flu. These recommendations have been made based on an abundance of caution. We are following all reliable sources of information diligently.
- If you have the ability to telecommute for work, please do so.
- If you cannot telecommute, use your best judgement in your daily activities. The Department of Health is recommending that pregnant women limit exposure to large groups of people as much as possible. At this time there is no recommendation from the DOH or the CDC regarding usual work activities. ‘Public settings’ include groups larger than 10 people such as movie theaters, public transportation, shopping malls, etc.
- Please reach out to your employer regarding accommodations that they are making at this time regarding leave, FMLA use, etc. We will be happy to provide a letter stating that you are pregnant, and with the Department of Health recommendations for pregnant women.
- Please continue standard precautions, including frequent handwashing. Get appropriate rest and hydrate.
- If you have symptoms of COVID-19/coronavirus/influenza (fever over 100.4, shortness of breath, cough), please call your provider’s office. We will help you determine the best next steps. Sick patients will be seen, if necessary, at an appropriate location. This may not be your usual clinic location as we are establishing clinics specifically for suspected infection.
- If you have mild symptoms you will likely be asked to stay home. If your symptoms are worsening, please call back as you may need to be evaluated. We will help you determine how best to navigate that.
We are with you through this challenging time.