Coronavirus risk still unclear for pregnant women

Benita Zahn & WNYT Staff
Updated: March 25, 2020 09:08 PM
Created: March 25, 2020 05:08 PM

We know that seniors and the immune-compromised are at greater risk of coronavirus, but what about pregnant women, including NewsChannel 13’s Karen Tararache.


In this time of coronavirus, when we are all encouraged to stay home - that's what Karen is doing. She'll be anchoring from home.

"As a result of our profession - where we're in constant contact with so many people - and even if I'm not going out to report, other reporters are coming back to the newsroom, my doctor felt that I shouldn't be going out into the public," said Karen.

"The most important thing to know right now is that we don't have enough information to tell them for sure what their risks are,” said Dr. Edward Denious, an OB/GYN at Hudson Headwaters Health Network in Glens Falls.

He says to date, it does not appear a pregnant woman can transmit coronavirus to her unborn baby - and it does not appear to be transmitted by breast milk.

However, pregnant women should be limiting their contact with others, just like the rest of us - but since they have to be seen by their physician on a regular basis, some extra precautions are taken.

Learn more about those, by watching the video of Benita Zahn's story.

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