Pregnant women should be tested for the coronavirus before birth

All pregnant women must be tested for corona virus when they come into the hospital to give birth. According to a new guideline from the Danish Health and medic

Pregnant women should be tested for the coronavirus before birth

All pregnant women must be tested for corona virus when they come into the hospital to give birth. According to a new guideline from the Danish Health and medic

Ann McDonald
Ann McDonald
19 mart 2020 Thursday 16:00
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Pregnant women should be tested for the coronavirus before birth

All pregnant women must be tested for corona virus when they come into the hospital to give birth. According to a new guideline from the Danish Health and medicines authority.

It will say to all women, regardless of whether they have symptoms or not, to be inoculated for the virus.

If the woman has a cough, sore throat or fever, she should be treated from a principle of caution that she may be sick with Covid-19. It is the disease that coronavirus causes.

the new guidelines, says Bolette Søborg, chief physician at the Danish Health and medicines authority.

- We must take care of the inpatients and ensure us against that contagion with Covid-19 does not spread in Danish hospitals. At the same time, we all need our midwives, doctors, nurses, and social assistants during this time.

At the moment we do not know, on a coronasmittet mother can transmit the infection to her child through the placenta or the amniotic fluid.

But there is a risk that the mother may infect the child after the birth. Therefore, should the health professional consider the newborn child as a carrier of the virus. Even if the child does not have any symptoms.

If the partner of the birthing woman is infected with the corona - or if there is suspicion about it - he must stay at home until there have been no symptoms for 48 hours.

It seems that the children are less sick than adults, if they become infected with the coronavirus.

Therefore, the Danish Health and medicines authority, that it is not necessary to separate the newborn from the mother if she is infected.

- It seems that children are often affected less and have milder disease than adults, if they are infected with Covid-19. We therefore recommend not to separate the clinically healthy newborn from a mother who is infected with the Covid-19 after the birth, because there are a number of negative effects of the separation, including, a negative effect of breastfeeding and attachment, says Bolette Søborg.

If either the pregnant or the partner is infected with the corona virus, the recommend to the Board that the process around the birth is progressing as usual.

There must only attend to one's relatives by birth.

Updated: 19.03.2020 16:00
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