Corona Virus CoVid 19 -UPDATE 17th March

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Statement from UKAMB                March 17th 2020

COVID-19

Following a teleconference meeting today convened by Dr Natalie Shenker of the Hearts Milk Bank and attended by UKAMB Chair Jackie Hughes, UKAMB Forum Lead Debbie Barnett together with other milk banking experts, the decision was taken to initiate regular meetings on this topic and to invite all UK Milk Banks to join the group. Here is an update following the meeting.

COVID-19 is a new infection that can affect the lungs and airways. It’s caused by a coronavirus (SARS-CoV2) and for the vast majority of the population will cause minor illness. However, for a small minority it can be very serious and so all efforts are being taken to prevent its spread. Milk banks in the UK are working together to keep all the babies who receive donor human milk, all the donors who provide the milk and all the staff and volunteers safe and to ensure that they can continue to supply donor human milk to hospital neonatal units for use in the absence of any or sufficient of the mother’s own milk..

We are confident that by following the current robust screening and processing recommendations in the guideline Donor Milk Banks: service operation (NICE CG93), milk banks will continue to ensure the safety of donor milk. As with all other illnesses or infections, it is really important that donors inform their local milk bank immediately if they or any member of their family/household show symptoms of possible Covid-19 infection including a persistent cough and/or a high temperature/fever.

UKAMB continues to promote excellent hand hygiene and follows government recommendations to help reduce the spread of COVID-19.

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