According to the latest report from the United States Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), pregnant women may be at higher risk of severe illness from coronavirus than women without expecting. On Thursday, CDC said in its weekly report that pregnant women infected with COVID-19 more likely to hospitalized or shifted to an intensive care unit and put on a ventilator.
Pregnant women who get infected with coronavirus are more likely to be hospitalized, admitted to an intensive care unit and put on a ventilator compared with women who are not expecting, according to a new CDC report https://t.co/NIZ7L4iEJG
— CNN (@CNN) June 26, 2020
Previously, CDC said on its official website that at present, no statistics showed that coronavirus affects pregnant women differently than others. However, everyone knows that these women are at higher risk of getting sick from the novel virus that other women. Now the latest report of MMWR provided information, whereas there are some significant limitations.
Pregnant women fifty percent more likely to admit to the ICU – CDC Researcher
The research of the CDC includes information on around 326,335 women with ages ranging from fifteen to forty-four who tested positive for COVID-19. Sara Oliver of the National Center for Immunization & Respiratory Diseases of CDC said on Wednesday that this recent report includes the largest unit of pregnant women with lab-confirmed coronavirus infection.
Statistics on the women reported to the Centers for Disease Control & Prevention between 22nd January and 7th June either by electronic means using a case report form or with the help of the National Notifiable Diseases Surveillance System as part of countrywide surveillance efforts. Whereas, when it came to the symptoms of coronavirus, the experiences were similar among the expecting and non-expecting women – cough along with shortness of breath – while pregnant women less commonly reported headache, fever, diarrhea, muscle aches and chills than did non-pregnant women.
The report also found that over thirty-one percent of pregnant women hospitalized who caught COVID-19, compared to 5.8% of non-pregnant women. In her presentation, Oliver states that pregnant women were fifty percent more likely to shift to the intensive care unit (ICU) and seventy percent more likely to receive mechanical ventilation. Sixteen deaths of pregnant women reported, in a similar proportion to non-expecting women.
Especially, pregnant women admitted more usually to ICU, at 1.5 percent, than non-pregnant women, at 0.9 percent. In the same way, 0.5 percent of expecting women required mechanical ventilation as compared to 0.3 percent of non-expecting women. According to the report among both expecting and non-expecting women, around 0.2 percent died.
What Pregnant women can do to avoid severe illness
The researchers of the CDC include some steps expecting women can take to avoid their risk of severe illness from coronavirus. They wrote in the report that they needed further information to understand more clearly these observed elevated risks, pregnant women should be aware of their possible risk for severe illness from coronavirus.
Pregnant women can take some specific actions, such as limiting interactions with other people as much as possible but not to skip parental care appointments. Moreover, take precautionary measures to prevent coronavirus when interacting with others, have a thirty-day supply of medicines, and consult with their health care provider about how to remain healthy during coronavirus pandemic.