Virginia Pregnant Woman Gets COVID-19 Despite Extreme Precautions

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The novel coronavirus pandemic has caused many Americans to bar their windows, lock their doors, and shut themselves away from the world.

Media giants have led the masses to believe that doing this will make you part of the elite race of survivors after the virus has taken out the ignorant and uninformed.

One woman followed all the advice and protocols recommended by the state leaders – but found out the hard way viruses have a course to run despite mandates.

Being pregnant comes with its own set of fears.

How will labor and delivery go? Will my baby be healthy? Did my baby get hurt when my toddler tackled me on the floor?

During a pandemic, when all you hear is how you could be the next one to go if you forget your mask in the grocery store, it is easy to become paranoid about the safety of your unborn child.

Hayley Peterson didn’t want to take any chances with her pregnancy, so she avoided human contact like a plague for months.

After hearing the CDC discuss the various ways the virus can be transmitted, such as from surfaces of objects, Peterson took her disinfecting to the next level.

Business Insider shares her story:

So for months, I stayed away from people, washed my hands constantly, and wiped down everything in sight. Countless times I sat on my porch with neon yellow gloves pulled up to my elbows and systematically unboxed, unbagged, and disinfected groceries and packages before I carried them across the threshold of my front door into my heavily sanitized home. Once inside, I would scrub my fresh produce in soapy water and then rinse it clean.”

This takes a level of dedication most people don’t have, even when they are scared of contracting a deadly virus.

Despite strict quarantining, one morning Peterson woke up with a headache and sinus pain.

She didn’t think too much of it but went to the doctor to get checked out just in case.

The doctor prescribed antibiotics for a sinus infection. Peterson asked him about testing for COVID-19, but he said there was “almost no chance” she had it.

Feeling frightened by the possibility, the pregnant mother insisted she get a test.

A few days later her husband had a mild fever and sinus issues but was also told he probably didn’t have it.

After all, infection rates in that area of Virginia were low and neither Peterson nor her husband exhibited the typical symptoms.

But at 19-weeks pregnant, the frightened mother got the test results back- and it read positive!

How could this happen when she was shut off from the world and followed all recommended guidelines for virus prevention to a T?

According to Web MD, viruses spread primarily from droplets that come out of a sick person’s mouth or nose when they cough or sneeze, and then land on the mouth or noses of those nearby.

Experts also warn of viruses spreading from infected mucus droplets on surfaces that are then touched by an unsuspecting person who transfers it to their nose or mouth before washing their hands.

So, it is hard to say where she had picked up the virus, but it is safe to say there are many ways it could have happened.

Peterson and her husband recovered from COVID-19 without any complications, and a sonogram of her unborn child showed a thriving baby; right on track in development.

Panic consumed her while the virus ran its course, but when it was all over she realized that no one can completely shield themselves from the coronavirus.

The CDC has not found any increase in miscarriages or deformities in unborn children after the mother contracts COVID-19, as Mommy Underground has previously reported.

Basic hygiene is still the best prevention against getting sick. Wash your hands often and stay away from someone you know is sick.

What Peterson went through was surely worrisome. It is a mother’s natural instinct to protect our children against any danger.

But often times our fear can cripple our logic, and maybe that is what the “experts” telling us we have to comply to be safe are relying on.