Covid-19 Less Harsh On Pregnant Women
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Covid-19 pandemic has taken a huge toll on the elderly and those with comorbidities and immunocompromised. However, despite the altered immune status in pregnancy, a study from Kerala shows that the majority of pregnant women who tested positive for Covid were asymptomatic and didn’t develop any major complications.

Records of 158 pregnant women were evaluated. While 96% of women were less than 35 years, 4% were either 35 or more. It was found that about 68% of pregnant women were without any symptoms. Nearly 43% came to the hospital with just one symptom of Covid infection. About 0.63% presented with anosmia, loss of taste, a severe acute respiratory infection.

With little data is available nationally on Covid positive pregnancies, this study is key in understanding Covid risk amongst pregnant women, who are in a state of relative immunosuppression. In contrast, available data on SARS and MERS shows that pregnant women are at a higher risk of severe infection requiring intensive care.

Of these 158 women, 16% were more than 34 weeks of gestation, with 54 patients delivering at the hospital, with 7 having a normal delivery, and 47 caesareans. The remaining patients were discharged after they tested negative for Covid. There were three miscarriages.

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