Coronavirus infection may make pregnant women more severely
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Pregnant women may be at an increased risk for severe illness from Covid-19 compared with women who are not expecting, according to a new report from the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

• Pregnant women who get infected are more likely to be hospitalized, admitted to an intensive care unit and put on a ventilator, the CDC said in its weekly report on Thursday (25 June).

• The CDC previously has said on its website: "Although there are currently no data showing that COVID-19 affects pregnant people differently than others, we do know that pregnant people are at greater risk of getting sick from other respiratory viruses than people who are not pregnant."

• The study found that nearly one-third of pregnant women with COVID-19 were hospitalized, compared with just six percent of nonpregnant women.

• Study also found that pregnant women with COVID-19 were more likely to be admitted to the ICU and require mechanical ventilation, compared with nonpregnant women.

• "Pregnant women were 50% more likely to be admitted to the intensive care unit and 70% more likely to receive mechanical ventilation," Oliver said in her presentation.

• "Sixteen deaths were reported among pregnant women, in a similar proportion to nonpregnant women."

• The risk of death from COVID-19 was the same for pregnant and nonpregnant women — the fatality rate in both groups was 0.2%.

Source: https://edition.cnn.com/2020/06/25/health/coronavirus-pregnant-risks-cdc-study/index.html
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