This week, we take a look at stories centring on women’s health and well being, especially concerning the Covid-19 pandemic.
- Fact-checking service Full-Fact has partnered with a women’s charity, Pregnant Then Screwed, to create a new WhatsApp-based helpline that promises to provide factual answers to questions about the Covid-19 vaccine within 24 hours. They hope to allay the fears of pregnant women concerning the effects of the vaccine on pregnancy and childbirth.
- The NHS in England has begun to roll out a same-day blood test that can rule out pre-eclampsia in pregnant women. The first of its kind assessment helps rule out the condition in a much quicker and easier way.
- The Taliban have asked all women healthcare workers to return to work, claiming women healthcare workers in Afghanistan will face no impediment in performing their duties.
- As the delta variant continues to spread, there has been a surge in hospitalizations in America, with doctors say they’re seeing an unprecedented number of pregnant women critically ill with Covid-19.
- A new research study at the University of Chicago Medicine has found that having vitamin D levels above those traditionally considered sufficient may lower the risk of a covid 19 infection, especially for Black people.