Peripartum Cardiomyopathy(PPCM) may easily be misdiagnosed as many other respiratory diseases including Coronavirus. Although pregnant women do not appear to be at greater risk of contracting COVID-19 or suffering severe sickness based on observations from China many of those who are expecting understandably have questions and concerns.
For example, what special precautions, if any, should pregnant women take? Can the virus be transmitted to a fetus or newborn? How many people can a woman in labor have with her in the delivery room?
The same general rules apply to both pregnant and non-pregnant adults:
We do not currently know if pregnant women have a greater chance of getting sick from COVID-19 than the general public nor whether they are more likely to have serious illness as a result. Pregnant women experience changes in their bodies that may increase their risk of some infections. With viruses from the same family as COVID-19, and other viral respiratory infections, such as influenza, women have had a higher risk of developing severe illness. It is always important for pregnant women to protect themselves from illnesses.