March 4, 2020, by Hedy Phillips
The new coronavirus, COVID-19, is quickly making its way all over the world, leaving people everywhere wondering how to avoid getting infected — and what happens if they do. Pregnant people, especially, are at risk of COVID-19 because their bodies are immunocompromised. But before you panic, we talked to two doctors to find out just how pregnant people can be affected by the virus and what it means for their babies. Dr. Kecia Gaither, MD, MPH, FACOG, director of perinatal services and maternal fetal medicine at NYC Health + Hospitals/Lincoln, and Dr. Taraneh Shirazian, MD, founder of Mommy Matters, both weighed in on the latest virus to sweep the world and how pregnant people can protect themselves from contracting it.
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