In most cases, babies have to be surgically removed if their mother needs intubation.
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In June, Sungai Buloh Hospital had treated more than 100 pregnant women with Covid-19 reported Malaysia Kini.
Although the reason for the increased number of infections among pregnant mothers is unknown, it is speculated that it could be from their husbands, family members, or colleagues at work.
The pregnant patients range from Category 1 to 5.
Category 1 patients would show no symptoms and Category 2 patients would have mild symptoms.
Category 3 patients would show signs of pneumonia, an infection that inflames the lungs’ air sacs but not to a point where they require assistance to breathe.
Category 4 is considered severe and patients would require oxygen while the critical Category 5 would include multiple organ impairment and a ventilator to breathe.
Some Category 5 patients would rely on high-flow nasal cannula (HFNC), a type of respiratory support method, for oxygen, while others were on life support machines, where they need to be intubated.
Intubation means the patient will have to be anaesthetized before the endotracheal tube (ET) is inserted through the mouth and then into the airway. In many cases, the babies will have to be removed surgically leading to premature births.
At high risk
Malaysiakini also reported that pregnant mothers who have been tested positive are at high risk of developing health complications. And complications means more need for ICU beds which are already scarce as it is.
In response, Health Ministry director-general Dr Noor Hisham Abdullah advises mothers to avoid public places and confined spaces. While at the same time urging them to get vaccinated.