HEALTH CARE WORKERS, PREGNANCY AND COVID-19, A LESS TRAVELLED PATH

Authors

  • Syeda Farah Batool Malir University of Science and Technology, Karachi, Pakistan
  • Mudassir Ali Malir University of Science and Technology, Karachi, Pakistan
  • Maria Asad Malir University of Science and Technology, Karachi, Pakistan
  • Abdul Jabbar Malir University of Science and Technology, Karachi, Pakistan

Keywords:

COVID-19, Health workers, Pregnancy

Abstract

Pregnant females and infants seemingly be the vulnerable group for COVID-19. Unfortunately, we do not have much data on the type of risks they might encounter and the mode of transmission of this infection from mother to fetus. Moreover, the healthcare staff lack training and equipment to deal with any emergency regarding the mother and the child. This review aims to highlight the risks that make pregnant females prone to infection and the current state of training of healthcare workers and facilities they have. A systemic search was done on PubMed and Google Scholar with the key terms 'COVID-19,' 'pregnancy,' 'childbirth,' and 'health care workers.' Selected studies were then reviewed and analyzed. It was found that no sufficient data is available on the effect of COVID-19 on pregnant women or infants. However, it is shown that the number of pregnant females affected due to COVID-19 is less in comparison with Severe Acute Respiratory Syndrome (SARS) and Middle Eastern Respiratory Syndrome (MERS). There are no sufficient facilities available for healthcare workers to cope with the scenario. Studies revealed that pregnant women are susceptible to Coronavirus infections due to the physiological changes occurring during their pregnancies. Along with this, healthcare workers (nurses/midwives) must be trained and equipped well to deal with any undesired situation.

Author Biography

Mudassir Ali, Malir University of Science and Technology, Karachi, Pakistan

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Published

2021-06-30

How to Cite

Batool, S. F., Ali, M., Asad, M., & Jabbar, A. (2021). HEALTH CARE WORKERS, PREGNANCY AND COVID-19, A LESS TRAVELLED PATH. Karachi University Journal of Science, 49(1), 27–36. Retrieved from https://ku-js.com/index.php/kujs/article/view/1