Pregnant women not at 'higher risk', says DAK

Doctors Association Kashmir (DAK) on Sunday said pregnant women were not at “higher risk” of developing severe infection from the novel Coronavirus.

“Pregnant women are less likely to become severely unwell if they contract the novel virus,” said DAK President Dr Nisar ul Hassan.

Quoting a WHO report, based on data from 147 pregnant women of whom 64 were confirmed to have the new Coronavirus, 82 were suspected cases and one was asymptomatic, he said only eight person had severe disease and just percent were critically ill.

“Most of the pregnant women had mild to moderate disease,” he said, adding “there have been no reported deaths of pregnant women from the disease.”

He said there is no evidence that the virus passes to the baby during pregnancy.  “The studies are reassuring, but that does not mean we lower our guard,” Dr Hassan cautioned. “Pregnant women should take all the same precautions as the general public, such as avoiding sick people and public gatherings, frequently washing hands,” he advised.

“In order to make hospital visits safer, we should make sure waiting rooms are not crowded, they are constantly clean and well and ill women are separated,” he said.