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COVID-19 is caused by a virus. It can cause a fever, a cough, shortness of breath, and other symptoms. COVID-19 mainly spreads through droplets from coughing, sneezing, breathing, and singing. The virus also can spread when people are in close contact with someone who is infected.
Most people have mild symptoms and can take care of themselves at home.
Caring for a baby while you are sick with COVID-19 can be a challenge. You'll want to take care of yourself and keep your baby safe from the virus.
Experts believe that passing the virus to a baby during pregnancy is unlikely. But after birth, a baby can get the virus through person-to-person contact—just like anyone else. That's why if you are sick with COVID-19 when you have your baby, you and your doctor can talk about ways to protect your baby. This includes wearing a well-fitting mask and having your baby sleep in an incubator in your room, rather than in an open bassinet. You and your doctor may decide to have your baby stay in a different hospital room.
Talk to your doctor about how long you, or your baby, should stay away from other people. It might be as long as a few weeks.
Follow-up care is a key part of your treatment and safety. Be sure to make and go to all appointments, and call your doctor or nurse advice line (811 in most provinces and territories) if you are having problems. It's also a good idea to know your test results and keep a list of the medicines you take.
Call 911 anytime you think you may need emergency care. For example, call if you have life-threatening symptoms, such as:
Call your doctor or nurse advice line now or seek immediate medical care if:
Watch closely for changes in your health, and be sure to contact your doctor or nurse advice line if:
If you are worried that your baby is ill, call your doctor or nurse advice line now or seek immediate medical care.
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Adaptation Date: 2/13/2023
Adapted By: Alberta Health Services
Adaptation Reviewed By: Alberta Health Services
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