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Pregnant still safe to perform Covid 19 test?

Answered by: Dr Sashini Seeni

Last Updated: April 28, 2020 9:28 AM

Anonymous 7 months

I’m 12 weeks pregnant and currently start working. As per MITI all staffs need to proceed for Covid 19 test. Is it ok to proceed for Covid 19 test? Any risk or advice before Covid 19 test?

Dr Sashini Seeni 7 months
General Practitioner

Greetings!

Thank your for your question. I understand your concerns since you are currently pregnant. However, the COVID-19 test will not harm your pregnancy. It only takes swab samples from your nose or back of your throat, depending on where you are taking the test. It is actually great that you are undergoing screening to determine your status of infection for COVID-19 as this may protect you and your pregnancy.

I would like to take this opportunity to urge you and your loved ones to take precautions during this period of pandemic. These are the guidelines from the Centre of Disease Control (CDC):

  • Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds. Use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer that contains at least 60% alcohol if soap and water are not available.
  • Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth with unwashed hands.
  • Avoid close contact with people who are sick.
  • Stay home when you are sick.
  • Cover your cough or sneeze with a tissue, then throw the tissue in the trash.
  • Clean and disinfect frequently touched objects and surfaces

You may consult a MOH doctor by clicking Ask Doctor at the Ministry of Health website (COVID-19 Portal) to ask any health issues related to COVID-19 starting from 8.30 am to 5.00 pm.

After 5.00 pm till 12.00 am, please direct your enquiries to our DoctorOnCall website at this link DoctorOnCall Tanya.

Last Updated: Tue Apr 28 2020 09:28:18 GMT+0000 (Coordinated Universal Time)
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