COVID-19 In India: Experts Say Pregnant Women At Greater Risk In The Second Wave Of COVID-19

COVID-19 In India: Experts Say Pregnant Women At Greater Risk In The Second Wave Of COVID-19

Experts say pregnant women are at higher risk in the COVID-19 second wave, more complications like abortions, premature deliveries and excessive bleeding are being seen
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COVID-19 In India: Experts Say Pregnant Women At Greater Risk In The Second Wave Of COVID-19

New Delhi: As India battles the most threatening second wave, doctors and experts are now claiming that the new variants of the coronavirus have been more aggressive in pregnant women, with a sharp rise in postpartum death. Recently, a video of late Dr Dimple Arora Chawla, a dentist, who was seven months pregnant with her second child and lost her life due to the virus also highlighted the plight of pregnant COVID-19 patients. Dr Chawla tested positive for coronavirus in April. Two weeks later, the 34-year-old lost her unborn baby. The next day, the doctor too lost her life due to the virus. She is survived by her three-year-old son and her husband. Days before her death, she had put out a video message to her family and friends, urging them not to take the deadly virus lightly.

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World Health Organisation’s COVID guidelines also says that pregnant women or recently pregnant women who are older, overweight, and have pre-existing medical conditions such as hypertension and diabetes seem to have an increased risk of developing severe COVID-19. A recent study by the Oxford university also said pregnant women infected with COVID-19 and their newborn children face higher risks of complications than was previously known.

NDTV speaks to gynecologists, obstetrician and a nutritionist to know more about the risks associated for pregnant women in COVID-19 times:

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Dr Manjiri Mehta, Gynecologist & Obstetrician, Fortis Hiranandani Hospital, says,

Effect of COVID-19 is seen more in expecting mothers and due to changes in their bodies and immune systems, COVID-19 can lead to more complications in the pregnancy. We are also seeing that more COVID-19 positive pregnant women are needing hospitalisation.

Dr Surabhi Siddhartha, Gynecologist & Obstetrician reiterating the same fact added,

Pregnant women especially those who have comorbodities are now at higher risk.

Highlighting that the complications in pregnant women are more in the second wave of COVID-19, Dr Anmol Pawar, Gynecologist & Obstetrician and COVID-19 Nodal Officer, Nowrosjee Wadia Maternity Hospital in Mumbai added,

This time the complications like abortions, pre-mature deliveries, excess bleeding have increased in pregnant women who are COVID-19 positive. Also, there has been a rise in such cases as compared to past COVID wave. We are also seeing complications in new-born babies more because of complicated deliveries. Lastly, previously we have never heard cases of death of pregnant women due to COVID, sadly that has also changed this time and it is on a rise.

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How Can Pregnant Women Protect Themselves Against COVID-19?

WHO guidelines say that pregnant women should take the same precautions to avoid COVID-19 infection as other people. It says, pregnant women can help protect themselves by:

• Washing hands frequently with an alcohol-based hand rub or soap and water
• Keeping space between yourself and others and avoiding crowded spaces.
• Wearing a non-medical, fabric mask where it is not possible to keep sufficient physical distance between yourself and others
• Avoid touching your eyes, nose and mouth
• PractiSing respiratory hygiene. This means covering your mouth and nose with your bent elbow or tissue when you cough or sneeze. Then dispose of the used tissue immediately
• If you have fever, cough or difficulty breathing, seek medical care early. Call before going to a health facility, and follow the directions of your local health authority

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World

17,66,30,634Cases
5,80,25,717Active
11,47,82,895Recovered
38,22,022Deaths
Coronavirus has spread to 193 countries. The total confirmed cases worldwide are 17,66,30,634 and 38,22,022 have died; 5,80,25,717 are active cases and 11,47,82,895 have recovered as on June 16, 2021 at 3:30 am.

India

2,96,33,105 62,224Cases
8,65,43247,946Active
2,83,88,100 1,07,628Recovered
3,79,573 2,542Deaths
In India, there are 2,96,33,105 confirmed cases including 3,79,573 deaths. The number of active cases is 8,65,432 and 2,83,88,100 have recovered as on June 16, 2021 at 2:30 am.

State Details

State Cases Active Recovered Deaths
Maharashtra

59,24,773 7,652

1,41,440 8,982

56,69,179 15,176

1,14,154 1,458

Karnataka

27,77,010 5,041

1,62,303 9,859

25,81,559 14,785

33,148 115

Kerala

27,48,204 12,246

1,12,792 1,456

26,23,904 13,536

11,508 166

Tamil Nadu

23,78,298 11,805

1,25,215 11,669

22,23,015 23,207

30,068 267

Andhra Pradesh

18,20,134 5,741

75,134 4,879

17,32,948 10,567

12,052 53

Uttar Pradesh

17,03,207 270

7,221 890

16,74,072 1,104

21,914 56

West Bengal

14,68,044 3,268

20,046 1,125

14,30,949 2,068

17,049 75

Delhi

14,31,498 228

3,078 148

14,03,569 364

24,851 12

Chhattisgarh

9,88,172 609

11,717 943

9,63,113 1,544

13,342 8

Rajasthan

9,50,133 172

5,619 848

9,35,658 1,006

8,856 14

Odisha

8,59,526 3,405

44,358 3,436

8,11,780 6,799

3,388 42

Gujarat

8,21,078 352

8,884 658

8,02,187 1,006

10,007 4

Madhya Pradesh

7,88,649 224

3,610 331

7,76,424 528

8,615 27

Haryana

7,66,357 228

3,703 374

7,53,584 564

9,070 38

Bihar

7,17,949 410

4,360 412

7,04,075 813

9,514 9

Telangana

6,06,436 1,556

19,933 528

5,82,993 2,070

3,510 14

Punjab

5,89,153 628

10,802 1,111

5,62,701 1,691

15,650 48

Assam

4,66,590 3,415

41,184 475

4,21,378 2,906

4,028 34

Jharkhand

3,43,793 184

2,646 416

3,36,058 596

5,089 4

Uttarakhand

3,37,449 274

3,642 266

3,26,822 515

6,985 25

Jammu And Kashmir

3,08,726 715

12,407 1,125

2,92,114 1,830

4,205 10

Himachal Pradesh

1,99,197 321

4,050 382

1,91,737 691

3,410 12

Goa

1,63,048 327

4,175 231

1,55,926 548

2,947 10

Puducherry

1,13,192 355

4,668 279

1,06,828 629

1,696 5

Chandigarh

61,200 40

486 21

59,917 58

797 3

Manipur

61,096 785

8,744 301

51,354 476

998 8

Tripura

60,385 536

4,886 65

54,870 596

629 5

Meghalaya

42,759 450

4,430 99

37,579 542

750 7

Arunachal Pradesh

31,938 290

2,849 40

28,934 326

155 4

Nagaland

23,854 101

2,972 229

20,423 327

459 3

Ladakh

19,649 38

552 20

18,898 57

199 1

Sikkim

18,659 209

3,239 67

15,136 273

284 3

Mizoram

15,899 268

3,637 45

12,191 312

71 1

Dadra And Nagar Haveli

10,473 9

61 2

10,408 7

4

Lakshadweep

9,297 61

484 36

8,768 96

45 1

Andaman And Nicobar Islands

7,280 11

105 4

7,049 15

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