COVID-19 is a new illness, emerging in late 2019. Scientists, researchers, and doctors around the world have been working to understand the virus, how it affects the human body, and what kinds of treatments are most likely to be effective in fighting it. Although they are learning rapidly, much is still unknown.
Dr. Parisa Pourzand wants you to be safe. She supports taking extra precautions against contracting any virus, especially COVID-19, because there are still so many unknowns regarding the disease. This includes how it affects pregnancy and exactly what underlying conditions raise your risk of complications from the virus.
Science news is confusing
One of the problems with information regarding COVID-19 is that many outlets are reporting on studies as they come out. Generally, Dr. Pourzand feels that more information is helpful for her patients, but if that information is from early studies, it can cause unnecessary angst.
For example, several early studies about COVID-19 and pregnancy were performed on very small groups of women. The results appear to be contradictory in some cases.
Under normal conditions, when a group of researchers publishes a study, the results must be replicated. That is, another study is performed by a different group of researchers using the same methods. If the results are the same, scientists consider the conclusion more likely to be correct.
In the midst of a worldwide pandemic, where many studies are being conducted at the same time, it can be difficult for an average person to understand which ones merit attention. In other words, if you’ve seen some scary news about pregnancy and COVID-19, don’t be too alarmed.
It’s always best to talk to a trusted professional like Dr. Pourzand about your specific, individual situation. Currently, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) believes that pregnant people have the same risk of contracting COVID-19 as other people.
Prevention is the best course of action
The safest course of action is to take all of the precautions you can to avoid contracting the virus. Here are some of the steps you can take to protect yourself:
- Only go out for essentials
- When you’re in a public space, stay at least six feet away from other people
- Wear a cloth face covering
- Wash your hands, frequently, for at least 20 seconds
- Use hand sanitizer when soap and water are unavailable
- Clean high-touch surfaces with disinfectant often, like doorknobs or cell phones
- Avoid touching your face
Seek care when you need it
Dr. Pourzand wants you to understand that our offices are open, and care is available. We are working hard to mitigate the risk you face in coming to our offices; we don’t want you to avoid care, when you need it, due to fears of the pandemic.
You can schedule an appointment at either our Glendale or Los Angeles office online, or you can call the location that’s most convenient for you. We’re here to answer your questions and provide the guidance you need.