As more and more cases of corona virus cases are being reported, we at IFS are closely following the directives issued by by WHO and ICMR and also the reports from the countries where it has become an epidemic.
Corona virus (COVID 19) and Human reproduction Presently, very less is known about the impact of COVID-19 on human reproduction and its subsequent effect on the resulting pregnancy.
It is well documented that pregnant women are more susceptible to viral respiratory infections, including COVID-19. We do have a few reports of women who have tested positive for COVID-19 and delivered unaffected babies. Chen et al. found no evidence of COVID-19 in the amniotic fluid or cord blood of 6 infants of infected women. Currently, there is inadequate data on COVID-19 and associated risk of miscarriage or congenital anomalies and transmission.
As there are no guidelines regarding Assisted reproduction and the infection, we recommend following the existing general guidelines. Patients, who present to us with fever with or without cough, breathing difficulty, should strive to avoid a pregnancy. It is suggested that patients undertaking infertility treatment may consider freezing oocytes, embryos and postpone an embryo transfer procedure until they are disease-free or until the threat blows over.
COVID-19 is a new illness that can affect your lungs and airways. It’s caused by a virus called coronavirus.
Coronaviruses are a family of viruses that can cause illnesses such as the common cold, severe acute respiratory syndrome (SARS) and Middle East respiratory syndrome (MERS).
The novel coronavirus detected in China is genetically closely related to the SARS-CoV-1 virus. SARS emerged at the end of 2002 in China, and it caused more than 8 000 cases in 33 countries over a period of eight months. Around one in ten of the people who developed SARS died.
In 2019, a new coronavirus was identified as the cause of a disease outbreak in China. The virus is now known as the severe acute respiratory syndrome coronavirus 2 (SARS-CoV-2). The disease it causes is called coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19).