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The research should also help to answer some of the mothers’ questions and concerns about pregnancy during the pandemic. She said many patients have expressed concern about the possibility of passing it on to their child if they become infected.
“The patients have all these questions. We need to be able to answer them and to understand what this could mean to help with delivery planning.”
She said mothers who aren’t infected are anxious as well. Part of the anxiety is related to the isolation that has come with the pandemic, fewer face-to-face doctors appointments, having to go to some appointments alone and concern about the unknown.
“There is so much anxiety about getting it and taking care of their baby.”
Researchers at The Ottawa Hospital have also received funding from the CIHR and other agencies to investigate harnessing cancer-fighting viruses to develop a COVID-19 vaccine; whether stem cell therapy can reduce the damage from overactive immune responses to COVID-19 in critically ill patients; and research into how COVID-19 is affecting Ottawa’s most vulnerable, including people who are homeless, at risk of homelessness or low-income.