The coronavirus outbreak is a source of stress for many parents who wonder what it might mean for their kids. And it can be particularly scary for two groups: Soon-to-be parents and moms and dads who have brand new babies at home.
For good reason. New babies have new immune systems, and even mild infections can be a big deal. If a baby under two months old develops a fever of more than 100.4 degrees, it warrants an immediate trip to the ER. And pregnant women are also known to be more susceptible to certain types of illnesses, which can have implications for themselves and their little ones on the way.
Pregnant? Have a newborn at home? Here are the basics on COVID-19, the disease caused by the coronavirus.
First, there is a lot we don’t know.
As the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention says, we simply don’t have much scientific research telling us whether pregnant women are more susceptible to the coronavirus — or whether they’re more likely to come down with more serious symptoms. We don’t know if the virus increases risk for preterm birth, miscarriage or possible birth defects.
Of course, this isn’t especially helpful if you’re pregnant and freaking out.
So here’s what we can say. In general, pregnant women do undergo immune changes that can make them more susceptible to respiratory infections. Those changes can also mean pregnant women get sicker than they usually would.
That said, the limited information that has come out