Married At First Sight's Bryce Ruthven and Melissa Rawson's twins, Levi and Tate, have been in the neonatal intensive care unit after being born 10 weeks premature on October 16 and the pair has been sharing updates with followers ever since.
On Monday, they posted a "worrying" update, revealing the twins were exposed to Covid-19 in recent days.
Taking to his Instagram Stories, Bryce shared video of the boys in their own room with Melissa sitting next to Levi.
"A Covid case in the twins' NICU ward," the video was captioned. "Tate and Levi are all good but quite worrying until they both come back negative."
Bryce continued, "They're both in 14 days isolation, so no cuddles today for the boys. Hopefully soon!"
In another post, he added, "We also decided to get Covid tested because we've been visiting Tate and Levi daily and didn't want to risk anything.
"We came back negative and don't have to isolate like the twins do."
The couple was recently slammed after implying Melissa gave birth 10 weeks early due to receiving the second Pfizer jab.
"We had no medical indication that they were coming early, so it was a very big shock,” Melissa said in a video shared to Instagram.
"On Friday the 15th I actually had my second Pfizer jab booked in, and I’d obviously gone to the doctors and spoke to my obstetrician and they had all said that it was safe for pregnant women to get their Pfizer jab but yeah, I had mine done and 14 hours later, I’d gone into labour."
Followers were quick to slam the video as there is no medical evidence suggesting that the COVID-19 vaccine causes premature labour, according to the Australian Government Health website.
The source actually states that pregnant women have a higher risk of severe illness from COVID-19 and a greater chance of giving birth prematurely if they are not vaccinated.
It is also very common for twins to be born prematurely with less than half of all twin pregnancies lasting more than 37 weeks. According to Reuters Health, one in every 10 sets of twins is born before the 32-week mark, just as Melissa and Bryce’s sons were.
A number of fans have since commented on the viral video, with one person labelling it "totally irresponsible".
"It’s pretty normal twins would be delivered that early - how dare you suggest the jab had something to do with it," another added.
"Are you blaming the COVID jab for the twins being born prematurely?" someone else asked. "Lots of twins are premature. Your post already has people talking about pregnant women not getting the jab. Just wondering was that your intention."
"Correlation doesn’t equal causation. This is dangerous to suggest it had anything to do with a very normal twin birth which after 28 weeks is absolutely expected they could arrive early," a fourth wrote.
With reporting by Lachlan Guertin.
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