COVID Issues

COVID-19

Diablo Valley Perinatal Associates has taken extra precautions during the COVID pandemic to provide a safe environment for our patients and staff.   As a result, any accompanying family members or friends are not allowed in our office.  They may view the appointment remotely on Facetime or similar app from home, work or the parking lot of our office.  We have also dedicated a full time employee to sanitize each exam room between patients and sanitize every part of our office (light switches, door handles, counter tops, office furniture, restroom fixtures etc.) continuously throughout the day.  Our waiting room has been designed to accommodate social distancing, but if you prefer to wait outside in your car, you may, until we call you for your appointment.  Our employees comply with CDC recommendations to wear both masks and eye protection at all times and all patients are required to wear a face mask during their visit.  

Upon entering our office, you will be asked to wash your hands immediately and have your temperature taken as well as undergo a brief screening for common symptoms of COVID-19.

In the event you have a COVID test pending because of a high risk exposure or have had symptoms that warrant testing – please let us know so we can reschedule your appointment

You can also help us minimize your time in our office by completing our registration paperwork before arriving at your appointment.

 

Our understanding of COVID-19 changes on a regular basis and too often information about COVID-19 is misrepresented on the internet by one political party/news outlet or the other.  What we do know about COVID in pregnancy is that pregnant women, when infected with COVID-19 have an increased risk of hospitalization and symptoms that are worse than if they were not pregnant.  While we do not understand exactly why, this phenomena is not new and is consistent with what used to be seen with a women’s risk of acquiring chickenpox in pregnancy.  Fortunately, we do not have any data that COVID-19 results in harm to a developing fetus.  We cautiously say this, as it is possible we may not know of a complication from acquiring COVID in pregnancy for years to come.  As a result, it is critical to take this pandemic seriously and follow the CDC’s recommendations for wearing masks, hand washing and social distancing.

A Perinatologist’s Perspective:

It is unfortunate the world pandemic has been turned into a political issue.  The novel coronavirus (COVID-19) is real and potentially deadly to a subset of our population – primarily the elderly and those people with preexisting medical conditions.  Unfortunately, many people may not know they have a medical condition such as hypertension or type 2 diabetes until they become pregnant – unknowingly putting them at risk for an adverse outcome from a COVID-19 infection.  Let’s all do our part – be safe, wash your hands, wear a mask and practice social distancing.  

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