“The Novel Coronavirus (CoVID-19) originated in a wet market in Wuhan Capital, in the Hubei province of China. Unfortunately, it is currently making its rounds around the globe. The virus is reported to have infected nearly 80,000 people worldwide and have caused more than 2600 deaths*, and this number is expected to increase in the coming months. The international community, having declared this outbreak a global emergency, is scrambling to contain this respiratory virus and to hopefully, find a swift cure. While little is known about the virus at this point, we can do what we can, with the little we know, to help protect ourselves against it.

How does the Novel Coronavirus spread from person to person?

The virus has been known to spread through (i) contact with droplets of body fluids if someone sneezes or coughs near you, and (ii) touching a surface that has been contaminated with the virus and then touching your nose or mouth before your hands have been properly washed and sanitised.

Pregnant women, in general are more susceptible to infections and viruses because their immune systems are essentially fighting for two – mom and foetus. So, if you are currently pregnant, read on to find out the few tips we have put together to help you safeguard yourself against this novel virus.

See a doctor as soon as possible if you are unwell.

This is not the time for home remedies. At the first sign of illness, it is best to consult a doctor quickly and receive the earliest treatment possible, to ensure a fast recovery. As pregnant women have a slightly compromised immune system, this makes you more vulnerable to diseases in general. A strong and healthy immune system is the best protection against any viruses, novel or not.

Wear a mask

Wear a mask when leaving your home and especially if you are unwell or recovering from an illness. A mask helps protect your face from droplets of body fluids of people who are ill and protects the people you come in contact with, from your illness. This is particularly important if you have other young children under your care.

Avoid crowded places

Avoiding crowded places can minimise your exposure to the virus. The air circulation in crowded places is, arguably, not the best. Hence, you are more likely to come into contact with the bodily fluids of those who are ill. Keep to small group gatherings, wherever possible, preferably ones where there are screening processes in place for all those who attend.

Make sure you take all your prenatal vitamins and supplements regularly

A good defence is always the best offence. Vitamins are an important source of supplements for everyone, particularly pregnant women. Vitamin D is especially vital as it reduces the body’s susceptibility to infections and illnesses. So be sure to check on and keep up your daily intake of Vitamin D.

Avoid close contact with people who are ill

Because information on the Novel Coronavirus is in its infancy at present, the general symptoms associated with it are cough, fever and shortness of breath. To protect yourself, it would be good to avoid close contact with people displaying these general flu symptoms.

Wash, Soap, Dry – Repeat!

This cannot be stressed enough. Every single time you touch an unclean surface or if you come into close contact with someone who is ill, please remember to wash your hands with soap and water and keep them dry. It is always better to be safe than sorry! If you are out and about and do not have ready access to soap and water, a good hand sanitiser might just do the trick. Squeeze a small amount on your hands and rub your hands thoroughly. For the disinfectant to be effective, wait for it to dry completely before touching anything else.

If you are looking around for a good disinfectant that is 100% natural and safe for use during pregnancy, SHIELD by Isa Uchi – a natural sanitising water that is eco-friendly and made from 100% natural ingredients is a great option. It is also alcohol-free! Incorporating the use of nanotechnology, SHIELD is effective in eliminating 99.999% of harmful bacteria and viruses and neutralising bad odours.

While Science is working furiously to combat and contain the Coronavirus, let SHIELD protect you and your family from nasty pollutants. Stay vigilant and safe mommies!

SHIELD by Isa Uchi is available for purchase at Mums Club Store located in Mount Alvernia Hospital, 820 Thomson Road #01-28 Medical Centre B, 574623.

*information obtained from thewuhanvirus.com, correct as of 24 Feb 2020

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