It is often referred to as ‘corona’, but officially the disease is called COVID-19. The disease is caused by a novel (new) coronavirus: SARS-CoV-2. The symptoms can be similar to the common cold. The disease can cause severe pneumonia, and some people may die of it.
What is COVID-19?
COVID-19 is the disease caused by a novel coronavirus: SARS-CoV-2. The disease can cause respiratory symptoms and fever, and in severe cases it leads to breathing problems. The virus is spread via coughing and sneezing. When someone coughs or sneezes, the virus is released into the air in droplets. If other people inhale those droplets, or get them in their mouth, nose or eyes, for example via their hands, they may become infected with the virus.
The symptoms of COVID-19
The most common symptoms of COVID-19 are:
- Cold symptoms (such as a nasal cold, runny nose, sneezing, sore throat)
- Shortness of breath
- Elevated temperature or fever
- Sudden loss of smell and/or taste (without nasal congestion)
In addition, people with COVID-19 may sometimes experience general malaise, fatigue, generalised pain, eye pain, muscle ache, dizziness, irritability/confusion/delirium, abdominal pain, anorexia/loss of appetite, diarrhoea, vomiting, nausea, conjunctivitis and various skin conditions.
The time between the moment you become infected and when you start showing symptoms is called the incubation period. If you are infected with the coronavirus, it will usually be 5 or 6 days before you develop symptoms. The incubation period of the novel coronavirus is between 2 and 14 days. It has become apparent from source and contact tracing that 99% of the contacts who develop symptoms do so within 10 days after the last contact with the infected person. For that reason, the quarantine period has been shortened to 10 days, effective as of 19 August.
With the knowledge we have now, pregnant women are not at greater risk of becoming infected with COVID-19 then other people and are not at greater risk of getting complications. However, all pregnant women from 28 weeks onwards are more prone to get complications with any respiratory infection (not just COVID-19), as your belly is growing and your lungs have less space. Fortunately there is no evidence that a COVID-19 infection can cause a miscarriage or any birth defects.
To date, relatively few pregnant women have been infected with the corona virus in the Netherlands. In total, 256 pregnant women have been proven to be infected with COVID-19, and only a minority had to be hospitalized shortly for respiratory problems (of which 3 pregnant women have been admitted on the ICU for a short time). Last week, “only” 1 new infection was reported in a pregnant woman in the Netherlands. It’s not sure why so little pregnant women get infected with COVID-19, however it is thought that they follow the 1,5m distance rule very well and practice good hygiene. Which are the most things you can do to prevent infection.
We understand this is a rather demanding time, especially for you (and your partner). It can evoke feelings such as fear, insecurity and disappointment. After feeling in control of everything, suddenly this changes which requires a lot of adaptability. Especially at this time we want to be there for you and support you through this.
In response to the rapidly changing guidelines around COVID-19 and the measures we take as midwives, we would like to keep you updated. That’s why we have set up this page on our website with the latest information.
Because of the pandemic, the Dutch Royal Midwife Association (KNOV) has set up guidelines, together with the RIVM (National Institute of Public Health and the Environment) which actions and measures are necessary to prevent further spreading of COVID-19. All dutch midwife practices will follow these guidelines.
At the practice you will see we have taken our hygiene measures; the waiting room is very empty and we kindly ask you to wash your hands and wear a facemask upon arrival.
The following measures will apply:
- Please don’t visit the practice if you or one of your family members at home is coughing, or has fever. When this is the case please call the practice to discuss how and when your checkups and scans will be planned.
- Wash your hands and wear a face mask upon entering the practice.
- Keep 1,5m of distance at the practice as much as possible.
- Preferably you come to the practice on your own for a pregnancy check up. However your partner is allowed to jointhe appointment.
- Your first midwife consultation will be held by Zoom as this appointment will take up to an hour.
- Your birth wishes appointment will be split up in two: a physical check-up of 10 minutes at the practice, to checkyour blood pressure and the growth/position/heartbeat of the baby, and a consultation by Zoom of 15 minutes on
the same day or within one week to discuss your birth wishes.
- If you’ve had a positive Corona test (also in the past) could you please let us know for (anonymous) statistics.
What can you do to prevent further spreading?
- Wash your hands often with soap and water
- Cough and sneeze into your elbow
- Use paper tissues to blow your nose and discard them after use
- Do not shake hands
- Stay 1.5 metres (2 arms lengths) away from other people
Questions about the corona virus? Please call 0800-1351.
This telephone number is available 8:00 a.m. tot 10:00 p.m.
Our taken measures at the practice: