Nevada Fertility Center is reaching out on behalf of our entire staff to assure you that in times of uncertainty surrounding the coronavirus and COVID-19 disease, your safety and wellbeing remain are our highest priority.
We are carefully monitoring the on-going situation and we understand that you may be experiencing stress given the rapidly changing information on travel restrictions and canceling of public events. We want you to know that we are observing the situation very closely, and our thoughts and prayers are with those that are affected.
We want you to feel confident in your care here at Nevada Fertility Center and we would like this opportunity to share a few updates.
We remain committed to providing safe and clean environments for all our patients and have expanded the use of hospital-grade disinfectant throughout the entire office as well as having hand sanitizers located throughout the practice. Public and high-touch areas, such as door handles & knobs, elevator buttons, desks, countertops, and sinks, are wiped down and cleaned multiple times throughout the day. We have enhanced our overnight cleaning procedures and these procedures meet or exceed recommendations from the Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and the World Health Organization (WHO).
As the novel coronavirus disease (COVID-19) spreads around the world and throughout the United States, we know that our patients are concerned about undergoing fertility treatment during these uncertain and unsettling times. Currently, there is very little known about the effect on reproduction and pregnancy that this virus might have. There are reports of women who have tested positive for the COVID-19 delivering babies free of the disease (1,2). This data is reassuring but interpreted with caution because of the small number of cases.
We do want to emphasize that the coronaviruses are NOT related to the ZIKA virus, which had very adverse implications on pregnancy and fetal development. Given the information that we have through the American Society for Reproductive Medicine, it would be advised for women with confirmed or presumptive COVID-19 infection to avoid pregnancy, but there appears to be no cause for alarm for those already pregnant.
Again, we are carefully watching the ever-evolving developments concerning the coronavirus and as your reproductive health care professional, we are committed to reassuring you that your health and safety is paramount.
We believe in the power of endurance during difficult times…a sentiment all of our patients who have struggled with infertility can relate to. We believe that this will move us closer to our purpose and vision of providing the most compassionate and reproductive care possible with putting the health of our patients first.
We recommend the CDC’s website for additional information at https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/index.html
Russell A Foulk, M.D., HCLD, FACOG
Nevada Fertility Center
- Lei D WC, Li C, Fang C, Yang W, Cheng B, Wei M, Xu X, Yang H, Wang S, Fan C. Clinical characteristics of pregnancy with the 2019 novel coronavirus disease (COVID-19) infection. Chinese Journal Perinatal Medicine 2020;23(3).
- Chen H GJ, Wang C, Luo F, Yu X, Zhang W, Li J, Zhao D, Xu D, Gong Q, Liao J, Yang H, Hou W, Zhang Y. Clinical characteristics and intrauterine vertical transmission potential of COVID-19 infection in nine pregnant women: a retrospective review of medical records. Lancet 2020;395(10226):809-15.