Updated: March 23, 2020
COVID-19 is a new disease and the CDC is still learning how it spreads, the severity of illness it causes, and to what extent it may spread in the United States. There is limited information about the impact on the virus’ impact on women who are pregnant or breastfeeding.
Pregnant healthcare personnel (HCP) should follow risk assessment and infection control guidelines for HCP exposed to patients with suspected or confirmed COVID-19. Adherence to recommended infection prevention and control practices is an important part of protecting all HCP in healthcare settings. Information on COVID-19 in pregnancy is very limited; facilities may want to consider limiting exposure of pregnant HCP to patients with confirmed or suspected COVID-19, especially during higher risk procedures (e.g., aerosol-generating procedures) if feasible based on staffing availability.
There is an FAQ on the impact of COVID-19 on pregnancy and breastfeeding on the CDC website. (While this FAQ is directed toward healthcare workers, the same advice would apply to funeral home workers.)
NFDA also recommends you follow the advice of your obstetrician.
Your local and/or state public health officials may be making recommendations that are more stringent that what the CDC has recommended. In these cases, you should defer to your state and/or local public health officials.