So far, no evidence shows whether a woman can transmit the novel coronavirus disease through childbirth or while breastfeeding. The CDC recommends that mothers who tested positive for COVID-19 or are at high risk of developing infectious disorder should stay away from their newborns for some time. This temporary separation helps to reduce the risk of mother-to baby transmission. Women should speak to their doctors and discuss the risk and benefits of breastfeeding during the expanding coronavirus pandemic. However, the CDC has not released any guidelines, yet that can confirm women should avoid breastfeeding their babies. However, nursing mothers are advised to take precautionary measures during the novel coronavirus outbreak. Take a look at the precautionary measures:
-Wash your hands with soap and water before holding your baby
-Sanitized your hand after touching a breast pump or other baby products.
-Wear a mask even while breastfeeding
-Clean the breast every time before you use
According to the WHO, the chances of getting the pandemic from someone who is not showing any symptom are very less. But according to recent reports of China, there are some cases, where people with a novel coronavirus infection do not show symptoms, and they don’t know they get sick. According to the CDC, infected persons who show symptoms are more likely to transmit the virus. Some people may pass the virus even before they start to show symptoms of the dangerous disease. It usually takes 2 to 14 days to show symptoms after the exposure to the COVID-19.
Can you pick the virus from an infected surface? Well, experts don’t know yet if the novel coronavirus can survive on kitchen counters, doorknobs, bathroom counters, the handle of the refrigerator, or elevator buttons etc. But, it is believed, like other viruses, the survival time for a virus can range from several hours to several days. There are other factors as well that may play a role in how long a virus can survive on a surface. But since there is no evidence, it is best to clean the surface thoroughly with a disinfectant.
Please follow the guidelines given by CDC to protect yourself against this expanding coronavirus pandemic.