How the virus is forcing expecting moms, hospitals to adapt
First Look examines how the coronavirus is forcing expectant moms and hospitals to adapt.
CGTN's Elaine Reyes and Gregory Jantz discuss how the pandemic is affecting mental health and leading to poor sleep cycles. AP News Director for Europe and Africa Anna Johnson steps back and talks about how the world is experiencing the COVID-19 pandemic at the same time but in very different ways. CGTN's Mike Walter and economist Williams Lee to discuss how the pandemic is affecting the job market, especially for new college graduates. Many people who catch Covid-19 report a loss of taste and smell. For some it's one of a range of symptoms. For others, it's the only one. Scientists studying the phenomenon believe the sensory impairment could be caused by the virus attacking nerve cells in the nose. This leads to questions about the disease's effect on the brain.
>>> WELCOME BACK, EVERYBODY. >>> WELCOME BACK, EVERYBODY. THE CORONAVIRUS PANDEMIC HAS BEEN A STRESSFUL TIME FOR ALL OF US, BUT IT IS ESPECIALLY DIFFICULT FOR EXPECTING MOTHERS. I SPOKE WITH A PAIR OF EXPECTANT MOMS ABOUT WHAT IT MEANS TO BE PREGNANT. >> IT’S 13 DAYS UNTIL MY INDUCTION ADDITION. >> JACQUELINE LEE IS EXPECTING HER THIRD CHILD. >> IT DOESN’T FEEL REAL AT ALL. I VICE PRESIDENT BEEN ABLE TO APPRECIATE THIS PREGNANCY. >> JACQUELINE’S HUSBAND STARTED SHOWING COVID-LIKE SYMPTOMS THE SAME DAY SHE WAS TOLD SHE NEEDED A MEDICAL PROCEDURE TO TURN THE POSITION OF HER BABY. HE TESTED NEGATIVE, BUT WAS STILL TOLD TO SELF-ISOLATE. >> HE WENT STRAIGHT TO THE BASEMENT, COULD BE HELP AT ALL. AND THAT’S WHEN I REALIZED, I CAN’T DO THIS. THERE IS JUST NO WAY. >> JACQUELINE’S ANXIETY IS NOT UNIQUE. COMPENSATETY IS DUE IN JULY AND SHE WORRIED ABOUT CATCHING THE VIRUS. HER HUSBAND, A DOCTOR, IS ON THE BATTLE FRONT. >> I’VE BEEN FIGHTING BASICALLY TO STAY POSITIVE AND FOCUS ON ME AND THE BABY. >> HAVE YOU BEEN NERVOUS? >> OF COURSE, VERY NERVOUS, VERY NERVOUS. IF I HAVE IT, COULD I HAVE A MISCARRIAGE? >> SO FAR, THERE IS NO INDICATION HAVING COVID INCREASES THE RISK OF MISCARRIAGE, BUT THAT FACT DOES NOT TAKE AWAY THE WORRY. NOT TAKE AWAY THE WORRY. >> SUPER TIRED AND ACHY. I DON’T HAVE A FEVER. AND THERE IS NO WAY TO KNOW IF THIS IS CORONA OR PREGNANCY. >> SOME COVID SYMPTOMS DO MIRROR PREGNANCY, INCLUDING SHORTNESS OF BREATH, CHEST PAIN, NAUSEA AND BODY ACHES. BUT DR. SHARAZIAN SAYS THERE IS GOOD NEWS. >> PREGNANT WOMEN DO NOT HAVE MORE SEVERE THAN NONPREGNANT WOMEN, EVEN IN THE LARGEST STUDIES THAT WE HAVE SO FAR TO DATE. >> AND FOR THE BABY’S ACTUAL DELIVERY, THERE ARE SOME NEW PROTOCOLS. SPECTACLE MOTHERS AND THEIR PARTNERS ARE GIVEN COVID TESTS. AND THEY’RE REQUIRED TO WEAR MASKS DURING LABOR. DR. SHERAZAN SAID THE NUMBER OF WOMEN EXPECTED DURING THE PREGNANCIES ARE DELIVERING HEALTHY BABIES. AFTER SEVERAL DAYS IN QUARANTINE, HER HUSBAND CAME OUT OF THAT BASEMENT COVID NEGATIVE JUST IN TIME TO COACH JACQUELINE THROUGH THE DELIVERY OF BABY EILA, NOW HOME AND HEALTHY AND