What Mothers Should Know About Covid-19
The Covid-19 pandemic has become an unprecedented phenomenon sweeping the globe. Many people’s lives have been affected in one way or another by this disease, and we have learnt new practices that have changed the way we interact, go out and live our lives in general.
As parents, your first concern would be towards your children, even more so if your child still a baby or newborn. However, knowledge is power, so the best way to protect yourself and your children is to know as much as possible about Covid-19.
A novel Coronavirus
Covid-19 is the name given by the WHO to a virus that was first detected in the Wuhan district of China in December 2019. It is sometimes referred to as the Novel Coronavirus, denoting that it is a new virus from the Coronavirus family. Previous members of the Coronavirus family include the SARS and MERS-CoV viruses which caused outbreaks in the past too.
Since the virus is so new, there’s still so much that remains unknown about it. Information about infectivity, physiology, virulence and such have to be collected and confirmed over time.
How does Covid-19 spread?
Thus far, only human to human contact has been identified as a common method of transmission. The virus seems to be spread by water droplets when an infected person coughs, and there has been evidence that it spreads when sharing eating or drinking utensils too. Basically, one should be wary of anybody fluids from an infected person.
Can pregnant women get Covid-19 easier?
There is no evidence that pregnant women are more susceptible to the virus. As such, they should take the same precautions as everyone else, which includes frequent hand washing, wearing of masks and social distancing. The same goes for women in confinement.
Can babies and children get Covid-19?
Yes, the evidence suggests that babies as young as a few months can already catch Covid-19. Newborns are able to catch it from infected caregivers or during birth. They’re particularly vulnerable as their immune systems are yet to be fully developed, and about 11% of infants develop severe or critical reactions to the illness.
However, when toddlers and children aged 1 and above are concerned, evidence suggests that Covid-19 symptoms are much milder than in adults. They do not get as sick as adult patients and typically have a higher rate of recovery. Many children who have tested positive for Covid-19 don’t even show any symptoms at all.
What are the symptoms of Covid-19?
Symptoms for newborns, children, and adults are basically the same. Sore throat, fever, runny nose, fatigue, muscle aches, vomiting, and diarrhea are typically seen. Anyone, even children, who are suspected of having Covid-19 should stay home as much as possible and contact the local health authorities to have a screening test done. In Malaysia, our Kementerian Kesihatan provides home testing facilities to minimize your need to travel.
How can I protect my child from Covid-19?
The most effective way to protect your children is social distancing. This means you should minimize bringing them outdoors, teach them to wash their hands, make face masks compulsory when they leave home and minimize their contact with others who are not immediate family or living together. Keep your home as clean as possible and limit visitors.
As yet, there are still no vaccines or drugs confirmed to cure Covid-19. As such, good hand hygiene, screening, facemasks and social distancing are still out best protection against the disease. Here at Mommy Mansion, we’ve taken all the necessary steps to ensure that these ‘new normal’ rules are adhered to, for everyone’s health and safety.