Some pregnant women who have had gestational diabetes say a change to shielding advice in England has caused confusion.
Some have been told to stay at home while others have not, based on a new algorithm which calculates an individual's risk from Covid. It identified an extra 1.7 million people as extremely clinically vulnerable in England this week. They will now be prioritised for a Covid vaccine.
NHS England says not everyone with the same condition will be advised to shield but suggests people contact their GP to discuss their individual case.
Heather Davis Mahoney, from Hertfordshire, had gestational diabetes while carrying her second child, and was monitored closely during her third pregnancy. She has not been told to shield, but says it's worrying when others from similar backgrounds have been told they should.
"There's been an explosion of confusion. People don't know what's going on and are worried about putting themselves and their babies at risk," she says.
But GP Dr David Triska said just because someone has gestational diabetes or had it in the past, doesn't mean they should be shielding. "I think the major point of confusion is that people are expecting that this is a binary 'yes' or 'no' per condition algorithm - and it is not," he said.
"The reason why people are getting different answers from various sources is because this is an individual risk assessment."
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Source: BBC News, 20 February 2021