The following is information for doulas and birth-workers on Covid-19. We are Birth Arts International want to offer our students the most up to date information and care practices to assist them when working with doula and other types of clients.
What is Covid-19?
Coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) is an infectious disease this is caused by SARS-CoV-2, a virus closely connected to the SARS virus. The disease is the cause of the 2019–20 coronavirus outbreak. It is principally spread amid people via respiratory droplets from infected individuals when they cough or sneeze. The time from exposure to the beginning of symptoms is generally between 2 and 14 days. The symptoms can be from very mild to severe and life-threatening. Read more by following the link. We have a printable that you can print and refer to as needed.
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What are the symptoms of Covid-19?
Individuals who have confirmed COVID-19 infections have a variety of symptoms, from people with little to no symptoms to people being severely sick and dying.
Symptoms can include:
- Shortness of breath
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) believes that symptoms of COVID-19 may appear in as few as two days or as long as 14 days after contact with someone who has COVID-19. Our understanding of this infection is changing, so keep an eye on information resources for updates.
How can I help prevent the spread of respiratory viruses?
- Wash hands often with soap and water for at least 30 seconds, especially before eating and after going to the bathroom, touching your face, blowing the nose, coughing, or sneezing. Also wash when you come in from outside, errands, coming home from appointments. Wash when you have been touching public surfaces like doorknobs, counters, trash receptacles, stair rails, etc.. Wash your hands before and after preparing food, after providing care for another person.
- If soap and water are not available, use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer with at the very least 60% alcohol. 60% percent of alcohol is not the same as 60 proof. Wash hands with soap and water if hands are visibly dirty. Have a stash of wet wipes or baby wipes to remove dirt and then use hand sanitizer if you can’t wash your hands.
- Although this is hard, try to avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth with unwashed hands.
- Avoid close contact with people who are sick. Practice social distancing. If you are on call, try to remain in safe spaces as much as possible. Social distancing is a term used to describe specific nonpharmaceutical infection control actions that are taken by public health officials to stop or slow down the spread of a highly contagious disease. Put stated, social distancing involves staying away from other people to avoid catching or spreading a virus. It means avoiding crowds. That could mean working from home, avoiding events or gatherings, or skipping work out classes, clubs, and crowded places.
- Stay home when you are not feeling well. Don’t invite people over who are not feeling well.
- Cover coughs or sneezes with a tissue, then discard the tissue in the trash.
- Clean and disinfect frequently touched objects and surfaces using a regular household cleaning spray or wipe. These are doorknobs, light switches, toilet flushers, faucets, cabinet pulls, remote controls, computer mice, contact with pets, etc.. Make sure you also clean hampers, garbage cans, etc.. places where contamination can occur.
- Come in from inside? Take your shoes off, take off outer clothes, decontaminate these items, clean doorknobs, etc.. then wash your hands. If this gets worse or if how to spreads changes as we learn more, you may want to consider taking off all clothes and showering. These steps can be particularly crucial if you are coming home from hospital birth.
We are as birth workers dealing with a new set of parameters for our work. Birth workers are well skilled in handwashing and hygiene principles, but this is for many a new level of care. Even if it feels like overkill, it will not hurt to take extra steps. We have more information specific to Covid-19 and Doulas in the printable resource above.
Resources for Covid-19 and Doulas