Russian expert says pregnant women should have abortions during coronavirus pandemic as long-term effects are mystery – The Sun

A RUSSIAN expert has shockingly told women to have abortions during the coronavirus pandemic despite there being no evidence of the virus’ impact on unborn babies.

Viktor Maleev, from the Russian Academy of Science, issued the outrageous advice as he urged women to either terminate their pregnancies or “not get pregnant” in the first place.

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However, despite Mr Maleev’s comments – there is no indication of how coronavirus impacts pregnancy, or even if pregnant women can pass the virus to their unborn babies.

Leading UK experts have said there is “no evidence” that the virus may lead to miscarriages, there is “no evidence” the virus can pass to babies in the womb, and it is “unlikely” the virus would cause problems for babies' development.

Mr Maleev, the head of the Central Research Institute of Epidemiology of Rospotrebnadzor, said: “We recommend to be careful at the early stages, do not get pregnant or terminate.”

He also outrageously claimed that coronavirus can “influence conception” – but failed to offer any evidence as most experts do not believe this is the case.

His comments were first reported by state-run Russian newspaper RIA Novosti.

The academic himself even admitted there is “very little data” about the impacts on pregnancy after making his seemingly baseless comments.

Mr Maleev also remarked that it is very likely to get COVID-19 through paperwork, which might have been exposed to infected saliva – urging people to instead “work with gadgets”.

Oksana Drapkina, from Russia’s ministy of health, also said there is no scientific information about danger to the fetus.


The Royal College of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists (RCOG) in London is clear there is currently no evidence of a link between coronavirus and complications during pregnancy.

In guidelines published on its website, it reads: “As this is a very new virus we are just beginning to learn about it. There is no evidence to suggest an increased risk of miscarriage.

“There is also no evidence that the virus can pass to your baby while you are pregnant or during birth (this is called vertical transmission).”

It adds: “Expert opinion is that the baby is unlikely to be exposed during pregnancy. It is also therefore considered unlikely that if you have the virus it would cause problems with the baby’s development, and none have been observed currently.”


Pregnant women are considered vulnerable to coronavirus – but are no more likely to contract the infection.

  • Doctors say pregnancy can alter the way your body deals with viral infections.
  • This is advice that is often given by midwives and doctors.
  • Leading experts say there is "no evidence" pregnant woman face risk of complications
  • The Royal College of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists said pregnant woman are being classed as vulnerable as a precaution

Pregnant women are placed in the at risk group because a “small proportion” may experience carrying a child altering the way the body deals with viruses – not just Covid-19.

The guidelines read: “As yet, there is no evidence that pregnant women who get this infection are more at risk of serious complications than any other healthy individuals.”

Women carrying babies are urged to follow government guidelines of social distancing, especially if they are more than 28 weeks pregnant.

Previously, Professor Jonathan Van-Tam, from Public Health England, said: "We are being very precautionary in terms of the advice we are giving to pregnant women to increase their social distancing.

"We know that a whole range of normal infections are more serious in pregnancy and the advice we're giving is extremely precautionary."

And just yesterday, a top public health official in Canada assured people it is still safe to try and conceive a child during the coronavirus pandemic.

Dr Bonnie Henry said there is no evidence the virus can be transmitted through sexual contact.

She said: “It doesn’t seem that pregnant women are more susceptible to being infected. It doesn’t seem that it is transmitted to the fetus at this point.”

Speaking last week, Dr Edward Morris, president of the RCOG, said: “We would like to reassure pregnant women that, as things stand, no new evidence has come to light suggesting they are at higher risk of becoming seriously unwell compared with other healthy individuals.


“Research and data are key to monitoring the ongoing situation and the UK Obstetric Surveillance System – UKOSS – will monitor all cases of pregnant women who have a diagnosis of coronavirus.

“Pregnant women who can work from home should do so. If you can’t work from home, if you work in a public-facing role that can be modified appropriately to minimise your exposure, this should be considered and discussed with your occupational health team.

“We await more detailed guidance from the Government about what modifications should be made for pregnant women who cannot work from home.”

It comes as one pregnant woman battling coronavirus in the UK said she is fighting for her baby's life amid the outbreak.


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