Abortion Clinics and Neo Coronavirus Disease – Women’s Centers Making Great Strides to Keep Our Patients and Staff Safe!

22 Mar , 2020

Women’s Center Abortion Clinics located in Orlando, Tampa and Ft. Lauderdale, Florida has implemented higher precautions to prevent the spread of the Neo Coronavirus disease (COVID -19 or Sudden Acute Respiratory Syndrome [SARS CoV 2]) to Patients that visit our facilities.

The Women’s Center has our Medical Staff making a conscious effort to wipe down doorknobs and surfaces with a disinfectant that destroys 99.9% of viruses throughout our buildings several times a day.

Our patients should all be courteous and cautious to cough or sneeze into their elbows and refrain from touching their hands and fingers to their faces, mouth or nose.

We should all greet all patients and staff members with a fist, elbow or foot bump. There should be no handshakes.

Please do not be offended by our medical staff wearing gloves, protective masks or other clothing.

What Is The Neo Coronavirus Disease?

COVID 19 is a virus that gets into the human body by its spiked protein on its surface attacking the Angiotensin-Converting Enzyme 2 (ACE 2) protein on the endothelium cells that line our vital organs such as the lungs, kidneys, heart, and liver.

The COVID 19 virus invades normal cells and replicate. They kill off normal cells. The human body’s immune system responds by increasing the number of immune cells and inflammatory cells to attempt to fight the infection.

The majority of patients (80%) exposed to the virus will be asymptomatic (no symptoms) to just only have a mild presentation.

What Makes The Coronavirus So Potentially Lethal And Dangerous?

The COVID 19 virus is in the same Coronavirus family as SARS I that struck the world several years ago except this one is more virulent.

The present human population never had exposure to COVID 19 and thus no antibodies have ever been present in the human body to fight the virus.

A significant amount of fluid and toxins build up leading to failure of the immune system to fight off the viral infection but the onset of bacterial infections in the lungs, kidneys, liver, heart and gastrointestinal tract.

Invasion of the bacteria in the bloodstream may lead to sepsis, septic shock (loss of body able to maintain blood pressure and adequate oxygenation of vital organs) and rapid death due to cardiovascular collapse (heart failure).

What Are The Most Common Symptoms of the Neo Coronavirus?

The initial onset of symptoms of COVID 19 may be mild Gastrointestinal symptoms such as nausea, vomiting, lower abdominal pain, and mild diarrhea.

For patients who have a combination of fever, headache, dry cough or experiencing shortness of breath, we ask that they refrain from visiting our medical facilities for two weeks after getting these symptoms.

How Is The Neo Coronavirus Diagnosed?

Serology (blood) and nasopharyngeal and oropharyngeal (nose and throat swabs) have shown the COVID 19 virus to remain positive in the body for 1 to 30 days.

Rectal swabs have remained positive for the Neo Coronavirus disease for more than 30 days. This brings into question whether the oral-anal route similar to Hepatitis A is a primary means of spread of the virus in addition to COVID 19 spread through air droplets.

What Should One Do If You Suspect If You Or Someone Has COVID 19?

Potential patients with the above symptoms should consider visiting their physician or emergency room.

In the interim, they should probably self-quarantine themselves, monitor their temperature and have a buddy system where someone is checking on them by phone or not have anyone closer than 6 feet from them.

Do Not Use Non-Steroidal Ani-Inflammatory (NSAIDs) To Treat Symptoms Of Fever, Headache, Muscle Aches Pain Or Discomfort If Suspect COVID 19:

It has been noted in several countries like China and France that taking NSAIDs such as Advil, Ibuprofen, and Aspirin appears to increase the potential of worsening COVID-19 symptoms and death.

Instead of NSAIDs, one should consider taking Tylenol (Acetaminophen) to treat fever. Headaches and muscle aches.

Tylenol has less of inhibiting prostaglandins and other crucial inflammatory responses that are significant in fighting COVID 19 viral invasion of the human body.

By inhibiting the natural inflammatory response that normally happens, NSAID’s could reduce the ability of our immune system to reduce the viral load from entering the human body and alleviating permanent organ scarring or death due to the Neo Coronavirus.

It appears that all NSAIDs increase the risk of severe complications including death in the presence of a fever, cough, headache, and shortness of breath.

What Are Precautions To Take In Preventing The Spread Of The Neo Coronavirus?

The most important step is to avoid crowds, traveling and people who appear to have flu symptoms (fever, cough, and headache.)

Handwashing and the use of hand sanitizers are a must. The consistent use of Wet Wipes and sprays on surfaces that kill 99.9% of viruses on surfaces.

Patients at the highest risk of developing severe symptoms from the Neo Coronavirus are the following:

  • Age 60 or older
  • Men
  • Patients who are severely immunocompromised
    • Diabetics
    • Chronic Hypertension
    • Heart Disease
    • Kidney Disease
    • Liver Disease
    • Connective Tissue Disease
    • Immunologic Disease

Children 9 years old or younger are less susceptible to developing severe symptoms or systemic problems such as Respiratory Distress, reduced oxygenation throughout the body leading to multiple organ failure (kidneys, liver, heart, and brain) and early death. This process can occur within a matter of hours. Thus the importance of having a family member or developing a buddy system for “well checks”.

The Women’s Center’s Mission:

The Women’s Centers are here to continue to serve women from our local communities, across the United States and Worldwide in one of the most difficult times in their lives.

Our Abortion Clinics Offices perform termination of pregnancies from 3 to 24 weeks using the Abortion Pill and Surgical methods.

The Abortion Pill procedure consists of the combined use of Mifepristone (Mifeprex, Mifegyne, RU 486, and French Pill) and Misoprostol (Cytotec).

What Effect Does The COVID 19 Have On Pregnancy?

There have only been small observational studies mostly out of China up to this point. Thus it is still early to form solid and major conclusions.

The COVID 19 virus does not appear to pass from the mother to the fetus in-utero.

There does appear to be a slight increase in preterm labor and preterm births.

It is too early to determine if COVID 19 has a congenital or associated with any fetal abnormalities in the first trimester (3 to 14 weeks) of pregnancy.

We do not know if the Neo Coronavirus disease is associated with a higher incidence of spontaneous abortions.

We do know regarding first trimester observations in the past that patients who experience elevated temperatures in the first trimester of pregnancy are associated with a higher incidence of spontaneous miscarriages and congenital abnormalities. We do not know if this will hold for the COVID 19 virus.

In Summary:

The Neo Coronavirus (COVID 19) is a new flu virus that has been declared a Pandemic by the World Health Organization.

We ask women to take the symptoms of lower abdominal discomfort, headache, fever, and dry cough very seriously and consider self-quarantine. One should notify medical personnel for further steps to take when and if necessary.

The Women’s Center’s located in Tampa, Orlando and Ft. Lauderdale take pride in not only helping to mitigate (prevent) the spread of a highly contagious virus but to continue to perform abortion services for women in our communities and across the United States and the World.

We are taking proactive steps in our medical offices to make all patient visits safe, out of harm’s way and shielded and at the same time knowing there is no 100% assurance of not coming in contact with the virus via air droplet, surfaces or the oral-anal route.

It is estimated that 60 to 80% of the world population will eventually be exposed and develop antibodies to COVID 19. Approximately 80% of that population will not experience any symptoms. Approximately 15% of people will experience mild to moderate symptoms and 5% of the world population will need to be hospitalized.

Approximately 1 to 3.5% of the world population will succumb to being exposed to the COVID 19 virus with the majority of deaths being the elderly and those who are immunocompromised.

Please do not hesitate to contact us by email at at 407-245-7999.

Dr. James S Pendergraft

Abortion Services

What our Client Says!

”Excellent staff. Just the kind of team you’d want on your side if you were going through a situation like I was. God bless you.”

Amber Allisoot

”Nice staff and more than helpful when it has come to my contraception methods. The front desk staff were warm and professional. You will be in good hands.”


”The physicians are knowledgeable and skilled, and take the time to answer questions. The staff are always welcoming and kind. I would definitely go back to this clinic.”

Gale Morris

”My experience at the Orlando Women’s Center was great. My partner and I were able to book an appointment for the next day. This type of situation is not enjoyable for most… Fortunately my procedure was quick and pain free.”


”Their pricing is nice for someone with no insurance. They took great care of me. The doctor and staff were compassionate and caring and took the time to understand my situation.”

Fay Webb