Health officials in Brazil has warned women to postpone pregnancy until the worst of the coronavirus pandemic has passed, saying that the new variants of the coronavirus in the country have been more aggressive in pregnant women.
The Secretary of Primary Health Care of the Brazilian health ministry, Raphael Camara disclosed this during a press conference, CNN reports.
”If possible [the women should] postpone the pregnancy a bit to a better time so that [they] can have a more peaceful pregnancy. We cannot say this to those who are 42, 43 years old, of course, but for a young woman who can, the best thing is to wait for a little,”
The secretary added that the ministry is now working on studies on the issue of pregnancy and variants of the virus. He further stated:
”The clinical view of experts shows that the new variant has a more aggressive action on pregnant women. Before, [severity] was linked to the end of the pregnancy, but now [they] see a more serious evolution in the second trimester and even in the first trimester.”
“In Brazil, the federal response has been a dangerous combination of inaction and wrongdoing, including the promotion of chloroquine as treatment despite a lack of evidence,”
a team led by Marcia Castro of the Harvard T. H. Chan School of Public Health, experts at the University of São Paulo and elsewhere wrote in their report, published in the journal Science.
Researchers argued that “prompt and equitable” responses from the federal government could have helped contain the outbreak and protect the most vulnerable — but leaders have failed, and are still failing, to do so.
In the city of Manaus, a spike in severe cases led to hospital systems collapsing, with a shortage of oxygen for patients.
“Without immediate action, this could be a preview of what is yet to happen in other localities in Brazil,” the team warned.
Unless the government took immediate action, conducted epidemiological and genomic surveillance measures, and stepped up vaccinations, the spread of variants will likely lead to “unimaginable loss of lives.”