Governments across UK and Europe have now confirmed that Covid-19 is not going away anytime soon. We will now have to learn to live with the new ‘normal’. Most of you would have started returning to work with social distancing and personal precautions in place.
Time has also come to move forward in your journey to becoming parents. A word of caution here though. While fertility and IVF clinics have re-opened, social distancing and precautions are still in place. But resuming your treatment requires that you, your partner and your potential match go for in-person consultation and clinical procedures. This may entail coming in contact with potential carriers and infected people.
WHO recommends that pregnant people with symptoms of COVID-19 or those who have been exposed to it, must be prioritized for testing. Though pregnant people are not at a higher risk than others of getting infected, they are at a higher risk of severe illness in case of viral infections, as observed in case of illnesses like influenza. Also, incidences of high fever are known to impact sperm quality in the near term. The prohibitive costs of IVF treatments, the endless wait for your case to be approved and travel arrangements, all could be rendered futile if any of you tests positive, not to mention the unimaginable delays and heartbreak, a setback could bring.
Therefore, it Is recommended that both you and your partner get yourselves tested using our at-home test kits appropriate for you:
A PHE approved PCR Swab Home Testing Kit for Current Symptoms
A PCR Swab test tells you if you are currently infected. Infection with SARS-CoV-2, an RNA virus, is diagnosed using reverse-transcriptase PCR.
A PHE approved Rapid Covid-19 Antibody Home Test for Past Infection
Antibody testing can tell whether a person has been previously infected. It assesses whether your immune system has produced antibodies in response to Covid-19.
Laboratory results provided by PHE accredited The Doctors Laboratory (https://tdlpathology.com/).
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