By Eduardo Simões
SAO PAULO (Reuters) – On Friday, Brazil asked women to postpone pregnancy until the worst pandemic was over, saying that the virus variant that was wreaking havoc on the South American country seemed to affect Prospective mothers far more than previous versions of coronavirus.
The recommendation is given as Brazil continues to be one of the global epicenter of the pandemic, with more Brazilians dying from the virus every day than anywhere else in the world.
Hospitals are coping with stress and the stockpiles of drugs needed for patients with severe endotracheal disease are at a worryingly low level, while Brazil is turning to international partners for Help with rescue supplies.
“If possible, postpone the pregnancy a little until a better time,” Health Ministry official Raphael Parente said at a news conference on Friday.
He said this recommendation was partly due to stress on the health system but also due to the more contagious Brazilian variant known as P.1.
“Specialists’ clinical experience shows that this new variant is more active in pregnant women,” said Parente.
Previously, COVID-19 cases during pregnancy focused on the last trimester and at birth, while more recently there have been more severe cases in the second and sometimes first trimester, he said.
Parente did not provide any further details.
The P.1 variant, first spotted in the Amazon city of Manaus (NASDAQ :), quickly became dominant in Brazil. It is believed to be a major factor behind the second largest wave of infections that has brought the country’s death toll to more than 350,000 – the second highest in the world after the United States.
The Brazilian outbreak is increasingly affecting young people, with hospital data showing in March more than half of the patients receiving special care were in their 40s and younger.
President Jair Bolsonaro has opposed locking the door and staging major events where he usually does not wear a mask. He recently saw a vaccine as a viable solution, but its implementation has been hampered by delays and missed vaccination targets for everyone.
Vaccinations were halted in several cities this week due to a shortage of vaccine supplies, according to local media.
The increase in the number of COID-19 cases has also caused hospitals to lack the sedative needed for mechanical ventilation.
An urgent shipment of these drugs arrived in Brazil late Thursday from China, while donations from Spain are expected next week.
Both Rio de Janeiro and Sao Paulo have been ringing alarm bells about shortages, with Sao Paulo’s Health Minister this week saying the city’s ability to care for critically ill COVID-19 patients was on the horizon. momentum collapsed.
Despite drug shortages and 85% of special care beds already in use, Sao Paulo on Friday announced it would begin reopening stores and restaurants, saying new hospital admissions have been made. Reduce enough to do it safely.
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