Sumary of Pregnant Women Are At Higher Risk For Severe Covid-19 And Death:
- Getty A recent study, published by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), confirms that pregnant women are in fact at higher risk for severe Covid-19 and death compared to nonpregnant women in the same age range..
- Prior to this study, there was concern that pregnancy could increase the risk of severe outcomes from Covid-19, but not enough data to say for certain..
- Addressing a major gap in the research about the impact of Covid-19 on pregnant women, this large CDC study analyzed data from over 400,000 women between the ages of fifteen and forty-four, 23,434 of whom were pregnant..
- All of the women included had tested positive for the Covid-19 virus using a PCR test and were experiencing symptoms..
- Physiological changes that women go through during pregnancy may account for this increased risk for severe Covid-19..
- These changes include increased heart rate and oxygen consumption, decreased lung capacity, and decreased function of the immune system..
- This study highlights the increased risk of severe outcomes among women of color who have Covid-19 during pregnancy..
- Black women represented 14.1 percent of women in this study but accounted for 36.6 percent of the total deaths..
- Not only were women of color in this study at higher risk for more severe outcomes from Covid-19, but they were also at an increased risk of infection..
- The CDC also released a smaller study this week looking at the impact of Covid-19 in pregnancy on birth and infant outcomes..
- Of the almost 4,000 infants born to women with the Covid-19 virus infection in this study, 12.9 percent of them were born pre-term (less than 37 weeks)….