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MSNBC 18 May 2020

How the virus is forcing expecting moms, hospitals to adapt

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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.

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>>> 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

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