The “Severe Acute Respiratory Syndrome Coronavirus type 2” (SARS-CoV-2) is a single-stranded, positive-sense RNA virus, which belongs to a “new evolutionary branch of coronavirus” that includes SARS coronavirus (SARS-CoV) and Middle East Respiratory Syndrome coronavirus (MERS-CoV) 1. This novel virus bears responsibility for the current COVID-19 pandemic.
Psychiatrists may find themselves on the frontline as they attend to psychiatric patients with COVID-19 or COVID-19 patients who developed psychiatric symptoms. Like all healthcare workers, they will often be filled with trepidation as they dutifully attend to these patients.
About 30% South African mothers experience anxiety and depression during pregnancy
and following the birth.
The added fear caused by the coronavirus pandemic and the consequent social distancing
are significantly exacerbating the problem.
This updated programme provides:
Insights into the clinical care during pregnancy and post-natal visits
Guidance on the identification of at-risk mothers
Practical advice on management and referral for specialist support