I'm a nurse who's pregnant amid the novel coronavirus outbreak. Here's how I'm coping.

Heather Hodnicki, Health, Mothers, Centers For Disease Control And Prevention, Viruses, Pregnancy, Coronavirus, Good Morning America, İnfants, Pandemic

While Hodnicki is still working with hospital patients, she expects to not be assigned to those who have COVID-19.

Heather Hodnicki, Health


'I'm fighting for me and my baby.' A pregnant British woman diagnosed with COVID-19 shared a video on social media urging people to stay inside to help stop the spread of the coronavirus.

While Hodnicki is still working with hospital patients, she expects to not be assigned to those who have COVID-19.

There are no known cases of COVID-19 at her hospital, according to Hodnicki. "We took precautions when there was a COVID-19 scare days ago, but the patient tested negative," she said."That shows how real the situation is." Hodnicki learned she was pregnant with this current child after having a miscarriage in August of 2019. She said the experience changed her way of thinking during the COVID-19 outbreak. "I have a totally different outlook with this pregnancy and everything I come into contact with," she said."[As mothers] we want to protect our growing fetus the second we see that positive line." It's unknown whether a pregnant woman with coronavirus could pass the virus to her fetus before, during or after delivery, according to the CDC. There are a few recent cases of infants born to women with coronavirus. While initial reports were encouraging with no infants contracting COVID-19, three reports released on March 26 showed that infants may be at risk of the virus being passed from mother to infant before birth. Although data is now mixed, all of these infants have either had no or mild illness and recovered without complication. More: Women more stressed, burdened by coronavirus than men, poll finds. 5 ways to help change that. On March 14, Hodnicki shared photos on Instagram to mark her 24th week of pregnancy. She and her toddler were wearing expired personal protective equipment, as there are a shortage of masks in the U.S. Hodnicki said she wore gloves and a mask to draw attention to the information listed in the caption. Hodnicki's post was accompanied by everyday precautions that people -- pregnant or not -- should take to prevent COVID-19. Hodnicki said quite a few pregnant women have reached out in regards to her post. She's been offering an ear to listen as well as safety measures in accordance with the CDC. "Keep calm and follow the general precautions that are suggested to the public," Hodnicki said of the advice she gives. Here are the health and safety guidelines listed in Hodnicki's post, along with the CDC's recommendations. Wash your hands, don't touch your face, eyes or mouth Hodnicki reminded the importance of hand washing:"Scrub for at least 20 seconds, sing"Happy Birthday" twice," she wrote. The CDC offers the same guidelines, recommending the general public, including pregnant women, take"everyday preventive actions" to help stop the spread of germs, including getting a flu vaccine, washing your hands, avoiding touching your eyes, nose and mouth, staying home when sick and avoiding close contact with people who are sick. Social distancing Person-to-person transmission is mostly likely between people in close contact, within about 6 feet, according to the CDC. When a person infected with novel coronavirus sneezes or coughs, respiratory droplets could land on people nearby or possibly be inhaled by those people. Further precautions, including avoiding crowds and stocking up on supplies, are recommended only for older people or people with severe chronic conditions like diabetes, heart disease and lung disease. Disinfect frequently touched areas and clean your phone According to the World Health Organization,"studies suggest that coronaviruses (including preliminary information on the COVID-19 virus) may persist on surfaces for a few hours or up to several days." The WHO said,"If you think a surface may be infected, clean it with simple disinfectant to kill the virus and protect yourself and others." The CDC said,"It may be possible that a person can get COVID-19 by touching a surface or object that has the virus on it and then touching their own mouth, nose, or possibly their eyes, but this is not thought to be the main way the virus spreads." 0:48 When in a public washroom, we recommend using an automatic faucet and paper towels. If you're feeling symptomatic Pregnant women should call their doctor before going to the hospital if showing symptoms. A hospital visit is not always necessary and could put you at risk for exposure to other sicknesses. If you are having problems breathing you should seek medical help immediately. Novel coronavirus can cause symptoms ranging from mild to severe, including cough, fever and shortness of breath. Since the symptoms are similar to those of pneumonia, influenza and the common cold, only a diagnostic test can confirm whether an individual has coronavirus. Don't wear a face mask unless you're already sick The CDC said healthy people should not wear a mask, and doctors warn that fiddling with putting on and taking off a mask could backfire by exposing germs on your hands to your face. Moreover, there is a severe shortage of masks which protect health care workers from contracting COVID-19. The U.S. has a stockpile of 13 million N95 respirator masks. But the federal government has said up to a billion might be needed over the next six months. "Please consider donating any unused masks to your hospitals who are in dire need," Hodnicki wrote in her post. For more on pregnancy and COVID-19, read Read more: ABC News

Please be careful You shouldn’t be working for the safe of the future ❤️ God be with her. Over two weeks my daughter does not have the proper equipment Ascension Providence Hospital, Southfield Michigan 16001 W Nine Mile Rd, Southfield, MI 48075 CCP virus,thank you. Dont mislead people,dont work for CCP.

God bless U. You and you baby will be well soon, keep strong and have faith. Deepest sympathy! I truly hope you will recover. Philippians 4:6,7 ' Do not be anxious over anything, but in everything by prayer and supplication along with Thanksgiving, let your petitions be made known to God; and the peace of God; will guard your hearts and mental powers.'

You'll be ok,,,..You have millions of people 🙏 Praying for You and Your baby... Dear Lord 😭😭😭😭 Ok my friend. God heeling in Jesus Name. Isaiah 53-4 I’m declared heeling you no thin Jesus name amennn

Bindi Irwin marries Chandler Powell in 'small ceremony' at the Australia Zoo without guestsBindi Irwin marries Chandler Powell in 'small ceremony' at the Australia Zoo without guests. 7NY Who? WHO! 7NY Good. Weddings are a nightmare. Maybe this is what we need for people to resent and to stop doing so many unnecessary things. Congratulations to Bindi.

🙏🏼🙏🏼❤️ NFLDraft nflcommish NFL God bless you and your family baby prayers❤️ Hang in there!!! So sorry youre dealing with this at a fragile time!! Lord_Sugar Strong lady fighting for two lives 🙏🏻🙏🏻🙏🏻 Praying for you and your baby Well in the US pregnant women are not considered at risk by the CDC. Therefore required to continue going to work as essential employees - directly into the fire. I’ve fought with obgyn and high risk obgyn. No statement from CDC means no protection even though UK says high risk.

Well wishes for you and your baby. Call me insensitive but ABC news have published fake videos of US forced being attacked , orchestrated fake immigrants videos. it’s real hard to believe anything this network says. By the way they retracted their stories proving they lied to the American people. ABC be truthful


Panic At The Gun Shop: Coronavirus Fears Cause A Run On Ammo And FirearmsGun store owners say they're seeing more customers than ever amid the coronavirus outbreak. ¿Cómo se resuelve todo en Estados Unidos? Asi... guns (No entendemos) You know, because of the zombie apocalypse part!! He seriously doesn’t have a license to carry or own a gun 😂

Heartbreaking but also fear inducing and depressing for people who are already panicked and depressed. Why are media spreading the next pandemic of depression and anxiety. You will be blamed with blood on your fingers. reportforgood tweetforgood Praying 🙏 for you and your baby 🙏 God Bless her and baby .

🙏🏻 May the Lord Jesus keep you and your baby alive. 🙏🙏🙏 Fear mongers....such bullshit Lord_Sugar Hey how taste of the pain and death When everyday muslims be under attack by amirican jets and boombing on them today time for payback COVID2019 truth COVID19 Lord_Sugar Hope you get better and get home to your family safe!

Fighting for u and your baby.

Waffle House closes 420 locations amid coronavirus pandemicWaffle House, known for staying open 24 hours a day, seven days a week, in spite of most environmental conditions, just became the latest restaurant chain to shutter some locations amid the nation’s novel coronavirus outbreak. When exactly is it socially acceptable to make a joke about it being 420 locations? ... Just asking for a friend. Corrected Headline: Yea... After the bars closed, it was inevitable...

Lord_Sugar 🙏🙏🙏🙏🙏 Lord_Sugar Thinking of you, hope you feel better soon xx ❤️ Lord_Sugar mrjamesob acatherwoodnews GaryLineker markaustintv Praying for you and your baby Lord_Sugar Still has time for social media 😂 TrumpVirusCoverup Lord_Sugar The government need to see this, we need to follow Spain and Italy, lockdown the feckin country!!

Be Strong Lord_Sugar Get well soon darling x praying for you and your family x keep fighting x Lord_Sugar I pray you get well soon dear 🙏🙏

Nurses treating coronavirus say they are reusing masks, back to work before 14-day quarantineNew York nurses say their safety is being sacrificed because of equipment shortages. The 'scary' part is the COVID-19 surge may be just beginning. If a disaster like a flood or hurricanes happens soon,that isn't good with coronavirus.With all objects stores clerks touch thatALLkinds touch BEFOREyour items are scanned - wipe off store items or smear sanitizer on at home. Drink plenty of pickle juice, and sanitize yourselves with bleach water and vinegar waters. Doctors, nurses have long had these ploys (hospitals invest heavily in PR and Acting), in order to; bring about undeserved sympathy, more money and even less accountability. They claim to be 2nd victims of harm they cause. And claim burnout, suicide... with Zero proof. COVID19

Lord_Sugar Sending love. I had pneumonia in my last pregnancy at 36 weeks. That alone was a very scary time. I hope your message makes people realise what a scary time this is and listen. Wishing you a full recovery, take care x Lord_Sugar It amazes me how these poor people actually have the energy to film themselves.

Lord_Sugar Double Kill May God have mercy on you God is with her and her baby. God Bless you and your family. I hope the US paid attention to what you said. It’s sad and scary, especially being pregnant. We all need to listen to all the stories like yours. Just stay home everyone. Let’s listen to those affected already.

Lord_Sugar 😭 stay positive. Sending my love ❤️ God be with her and the baby 🙏🏾🙏🏾🙏🏾❤ Sending you love and strength! Hang in there ❤️ Lord_Sugar Take care of yourself! ... Be strong 🙂🙂

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get well soon, I believe that you and your baby will healthy 🙏 sherrygrey 🙏🙏🙏 You will survive.. in the name of Jesus, Amen! ChinaLiedPeopleDied ChinaLiedPeopleDied ChinaLiedPeopleDied ChinaLiedPeopleDied ChinaLiedPeopleDied ChinaLiedPeopleDied ChinaLiedPeopleDied ChinaLiedPeopleDied ChinaLiedPeopleDied ChinaLiedPeopleDied ChinaLiedPeopleDied ChinaLiedPeopleDied

Praying for you and your baby. 🙏 اسأل ألله العظيم رب العرش العظيم ان يشفيك 😢😢😢😢Praying for you and your baby 🙏🙏🙏 May Allah help you..😭😭 🙏🏽🙏🏽🙏🏽🙏🏽🙏🏽 Terrible

My Partner Doesn't Care About Coronavirus and I'm Freaking OutMy partner doesn't care about coronavirus — and I'm freaking out. Tell them there’s no toilet paper. Your partner es un PELOTUDO we would say in Argentina🇦🇷. You should stay inside and wash your hands constantly. My partner finally got on board this week. It’s our other roommate who thinks he “can’t get it” but he’s mainly in his room and does wash his hands when we gets home so what else can I ask for. We aren’t close and he isn’t the touchy feely type either.

Let's all just pray for this woman. I wish people could put their differences aside for just a while and have empathy for their fellow men and women. realwesleybrook God bless this woman. However, ABC just can’t help themselves by promoting more FEAR to the world. It’s their MO. May God heal you and your child, Lord. And God, I mean, do you not imagine, but God willing.

Heartbreaking To those who sacrifices for our Thomasnism RIP and the remaining ones I wish you guys speedy recovery. Terrible US virus Don't get mad , but she looks old to be having a baby. So sorry... feel sorry , really , but watching the only thing I was seeing where those long dirty nail, sorry people but how can you keep proper hygiene having 'chicken nails '

Lord_Sugar Two lifes at risk listen to her and take notice and try to save a life it doesn't make sense. Limit to stay at home means no freedom and no human right. All the people should be fight for the goverment to let them out for free air. Oh yeah. Hope she makes it! 🙏🏼🙏🏼💪🏼💪🏼❤️❤️ 🙏🙏🙏🙏 Praying for her 🙏🙏

That’s so sad Sending prayers 🙏 Very sorry. The lord is your strength Pray for you 😢😢

Stay strong 💪 you both will fight this 🦠insha’Allah 🤗❤️🙏🏻 Don't cry sister. 😥 everything will be ok . Get well Mama ,May Good healing Hand stretch towards you and the young soul growing inside you!!! GWQ Many prayers. 🙏🙏🙏 May the God of Israel be with u n the unborn baby 👏 Believe me god safe you and your baby in few days.

ChinaVirus it's all bcz of this only😒 May Allah cure and recover you fast.

😭😭😭😭 ChineseVirus you have to pay something very very big..God will never forgive you..🤮🤮🤮🤮🤮😡😡 no one will forgive you... This just broke my heart 🙏 Don't penic ,god bless you. In the few days your health is good condition , believe me 民主自由正在杀死这些无辜的民众,隔离,封城,是重要手段,你有那些无知政客才会要民主自由当幌子。 Omg I’m praying for her & her baby to get better ASAP! & yes, to all the idiots, stop going out!!! Stop being SELFISH! 😡You are potentially (more likely than not) putting others lives in danger! Please stop! I hope this woman & everyone who gets this virus gets better!! 🙏🏻🥺🙏🏻❤️

I thought the pro-lifers say we need to end the quarantine. Praying 💙💙🙏🏻🙏🏻 🙏🏽🙏🏽 Praying for you and your baby get well soon.

Why would she be wearing subglasses on her head in hospital? Only China can save the American people! Pathetic 🙁 Stay strong! 🙏 Lord_Sugar Get heal in Jesus Christ Holy Name! wilfredodiazPR Es más difícil de recetarle cuando está embarazada! 🙏🏻🙏🏻🙏🏻🙏🏻♥️ COVID19 is SARS-2.0 Which stands for severe acute respiratory syndrome. Its not the flu. You have never experience


😪I hope you and your baby will recover and both have a full life in the name of our God, Amen. 😭😭💔🙇🏾‍♀️🙏🏾🙏🏾🙏🏾 Sending pray for her Lord_Sugar NikkieHunt1 Prayers for her and her unborn.😢🙏 Stay strong, god bless you will pray for you sister in christ 🙏 when ISIS was killing women and children all of you was seating in front TV and having fun show ?

Stay at home, isolate the virus, but not love.♥

WHO is responsible for this globaltimesnews ? Britain or China. 🙏🙏🙏😢 😢😢😢 Hope better sense prevails before its too late. Best wishes Praying for you and your baby🙏🏻

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