- There is no consensus between the national organisations (SOGC, RCOG)
- The RCOG states pregnant women with more than 28 weeks of gestation (final trimester) or that have underlying health conditions should avoid direct contact with patients and are recommended to work from home and limit social contact.
- The SOGC states that pregnant women in essential services can continue to work with appropriate personal protective equipment. Pregnant women with comorbidities may wish to modify their risk of exposure accordingly.
- Operation rooms, respiratory wards, intensive care and high dependency units are locations that present a higher risk for pregnant women exposed to the virus due to the high number of aerosol and they should avoid these areas.
These recommendations are based on the updated guidance from the Royal College of Obstetricians and Gynaecologist (RCOG), the Royal College of Midwives, and the Royal College of Paediatrics and Child Health and from the Society of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists of Canada (SOGC).
Rimmer,A. Covid-19: doctors in final trimester of pregnancy should avoid direct patient contact. (March 23, 2020) British Medical Journal. https://doi-org.acces.bibl.ulaval.ca/10.1136/bmj.m1173
The Royal College of Obstetricians and Gynaecologist. Occupational health advice for employers and pregnant woment during the COVID-19 pandemic. Version 2.1 (March 30, 2020). Retrieved from: https://www.rcog.org.uk/globalassets/documents/guidelines/2020-03-30-occupational-health-advice-for-employers-and-pregnant-women-during-the-covid-19-pandemic-20200406.pdf
The Society of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists of Canada. Revised SOGC Infectious Disease Committee Statement on Health Care Workers during the COVID-19 Pandemic (March 27, 2020). Retrieved from : https://sogc.org/en/content/featured-news/SOGC-Infectious-Disease-Committee-Statement-on-Health-Care-Workers-during-COVID19Pandemic.aspx