Pregnant women with coronavirus are found to be very likely to develop serious health complications and not only fall severely ill but also die from lethal coronavirus. Not only are they highly likely to die from the virus but also have the added risk of delivering prematurely, according to the reports that were released by the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.
It is important to note that the general risk of developing serious illness or dying because it is overall rather low. Researchers from the CDC have however discovered that pregnant women with coronavirus do end up requiring intensive care more often as well as needing heart and lung support besides ventilation itself, compared to women who were not pregnant and were infected.
A different report revealed that pregnant women with coronavirus had a 12.9% rate of conceiving preterm compared to 10.2 percent of the overall population. Preterm is when a child is born early, approximately earlier than 37 weeks of pregnancy.
These new researchers only add to the already growing number of evidence that suggests that pregnant women are at danger to serious risks if they contract the lethal virus, according to Dr. Denise Jamieson who is a chair at a department in Emory University School of Medicine.
According to Jamieson, it also shows that the infants of such mothers are also at considerable risk because regardless of them being infected they will be affected by the strains brought by the virus.
In one of the reports, the researchers looked through the data of 461,825 women who were between the ages of 15 to 44, these women were confirmed to have tested positive for the novel virus between the dates of 22 January and 3rd October. The researchers narrowed down the data by focusing only on those who experience symptoms associated with the virus.
After adjusting external factors the team discovered that women who were pregnant had a higher probability of needing intensive care. Their stats showed that 10.5 women per 1,000 ended up being admitted to ICU’s compared to 3.9 per 1000 women who were not undergoing a pregnancy.
Compared to non-pregnant women, pregnant women were revealed to be thrice as likely to require assistance for breathing using invasive ventilation. They were also found to be at a bigger risk for needing heart and lung support with oxygenation.
With 1.5 deaths occurring every 1,000 women it Is easy to say they are also more likely to pass away from health complications compared to those who aren’t pregnant.
Researchers also discovered that ethnic and racial minorities were at an even higher risk for the infection as well as complications linked with the disease. Among those pregnant, the research found that Hispanic women were about 2.4 times more likely to pass away from the disease while Native Hawaiians and Asians are at a greater risk for being admitted into intensive care units.
Women over 35 regardless of being pregnant or not were found to have a more serious experience with the disease.
This only goes to show how essential it is for us to social distance and make our societies safer for all of those most at risk. If we as a society do not take care and observe preventative measures the pandemic won’t be ending any time soon.