The Novel Coronavirus of Covid-19 has quickly spread in many countries across the globe. During pregnancy, women undergo body and hormonal changes that may put them at higher risk of infection. A limited study from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) states that pregnant women may be at increased risk of ICU admissions with mechanical ventilation when infected with the virus. With this, many pregnant women are worried about how to stay amidst the pandemic. Should they cancel their travel plans? The guidelines and recommendations below will give you more insights about the virus and your safety.
Is it safe to travel during the pandemic?
The best way to be safe is to stay home and practice good social distancing and mask wearing practices while in public places. However, if traveling is essential, make sure to check with your OB-GYN first before your fly, drive, or use other transportation to your desired destination. You should inform your health care provider about your travel plans before traveling as travel bans or infection data need to be reviewed by your physician.
How can I protect myself while traveling during the pandemic?
If traveling is unavoidable and approved by your OB-GYN, it is essential to practice safety precautions to protect yourself from health risks. Below are the steps that you need to take before your travel plans:
- Visit your healthcare provider
Before you book a flight, talk to your OB-GYN or maternal fetal medicine specialist. Your doctor will be able to review your itinerary and the health risks specific to your travel destination to ensure you are up to date on necessary vaccines. Further, make sure you bring enough of your medications. Sometimes bringing extra is helpful should travel delays occur and keep you away from home longer than intended.
- Contact your travel insurance
Your healthcare insurance might not cover medical care when outside the country, so it is essential to talk to your insurance company about it. If it is not part of your health insurance coverage, it may be helpful to get supplemental travel health insurance.
- Observe social distancing and proper sanitation
While traveling, avoid close interaction with people wherever possible. Observe at least 6 ft distance away from other people. Wear a face shield or face mask wherever you go outside. If you have to touch or hold surfaces, wash your hands with soap and water, or use hand sanitizer.
As always, contact your OB-GYN or maternal-fetal medicine specialist right away if you have any questions or concerns.