3 Ways to Protect Yourself from Coronavirus (COVID-19) and Influenza

Surrogates in Los Angeles and California take precautions to keep themselves safe and healthy throughout their pregnancies. Whether that be from taking prenatal vitamins to eating a healthy diet and staying hydrated. Los Angeles has now become one of many cities in the U.S. facing the effects of the spread of coronavirus (COVID-19), a respiratory disease that originated in Wuhaun, China. The virus usually presents itself with symptoms like fever, cough, and shortness of breath. Symptoms of the virus may present themselves between 2-14 days after exposure.

Along with new concerns of this coronavirus, the U.S. has also seen larger numbers of cases of Influenza (Flu). Parham Zar, Director of Egg Donor & Surrogacy Institute (EDSI) stated that “pregnant women should engage in usual preventive behaviors to avoid exposure such as washing hands with soap and water, avoiding touching your eyes, nose and mouth, and avoiding people who are sick.”

Avoid Touching Face, Eyes, Nose, and Mouth

Our hands help spread germs quicker than any part of the body. We are typically touching all sorts of surfaces, objects and people which can pass germs from person to person and make you sick. However, it can also transfer viruses directly to areas that can increase our risks of contracting these infections. It is estimated that people can touch their faces with their hands up to 160 times in a working day, if not more. This is why it is also recommended to wash your hands with soap and water frequently throughout the day.

 Washing Hands

It is recommended that you wash hands with warm water and soap for at least 20 seconds after visiting the restroom, regardless if hands appear dirty. Sometimes singing a short song or tune while washing can help ensure that you are lathering your hands in soap for the recommended length of time to ensure germs are being killed. This is one of the major ways to prevent the spread of infections and to limit exposure to a variety of infections. If you are not able to wash your hands, find yourself where you don’t not have access to soap and water, or come in contact with someone who may be sick, using an alcohol based hand sanitizer is your second best option.

Avoid People Who Are/Or Can Be Sick

We ask that all of our surrogates avoid those who are sick or those who may have some symptoms of Cold and Flu like cough, running, nose, fever, fatigue, and nausea. If you suspect that someone may be sick: do not shake hands or touch objects that person may have come in contact with recently. If you have to take care of sick family members, create a system with reminders to wash your hands frequently to limit the risk of contracting the infection.

The concerns of the coronavirus have put us on alert, but we understand that the risk is still low here in the US. People are more likely to have the flu than to contract COVID-19, so we are continuing to recommend our precautionary actions with our surrogates, like getting the flu vaccine and following health and safety tips seriously, like always. 

For more information about COVID-19, please visit the CDC’s site at https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/index.html

However, if you are ready to explore our Surrogate and Egg Donor programs, please contact EDSI today! We look forward to guiding you through our agency process to help you make your decision. 



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