Very little is know about COVID-19 and its effect on pregnant women. Based on a small number of cases, it is believed pregnant women may be at higher risk of severe illness (compared to the general population). Again, this is based on a small number of cases.
How is it spread? Mainly from person-to-person (within six feet) through respiratory droplets. When an infected person coughs or sneezes, the droplets can land in the mouths or noses or nearby people or possibly inhaled. Preliminary studies found the virus can remain viable on surfaces from 3-24 hours, depending on the surface material. For example, the handles of a shopping cart...so you want to wash or disinfect your hands as soon as possible and do not touch your face.
Everybody should be following the CDC (Center for Disease Control and Prevention) guidelines for prevention and readiness. The single best thing you can do is wash your hands!
The best way to prevent the illness is to avoid being exposed to the virus. Here are some steps you can take to protect yourself:
If you go into labor and are sick with COVID-19, you should be aware of the current guidelines (as of this writing):
In summary, this is a rapidly evolving situation. Pay attention to what your healthcare provider recommends and practice good hand hygiene. Stay away from crowds and close contact with other people. Meanwhile, do what you can to live a healthy lifestyle so you can better fight this thing.