What Every Pregnant Woman Should Know About Coronavirus

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No matter where you live, it’s impossible to avoid the constant chatter about coronavirus right now. The only thing that seems more contagious than coronavirus itself is the spread of information—and misinformation. While it’s nerve-wracking for everyone, that’s especially true for pregnant women, who need to keep themselves and their baby safe. To help you do just that, here is everything you need to know about coronavirus in pregnancy.

The 2019 novel coronavirus, known as COVID-19, is a member of the coronavirus family, explains G. Thomas Ruiz, MD, ob-gyn lead at MemorialCare Orange Coast Medical Center in Fountain Valley, California. There are six other known coronaviruses, four of which cause a common cold, and two of which caused much more dangerous infections. Those were known as SARS (Severe Acute Respiratory Syndrome) in 2002 to 2003, and MERS (Middle East Respiratory…

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