The Center for Disease Control (CDC) released a report and statistical data on cases of pregnant women with COVID-19 in the United States between January 22-June 23, 2020. Previously, the CDC had said there was “no data showing that COVID-19 affects pregnant people differently than others,” but the new findings have led the agency to update its messaging on COVID-19 in pregnancy.
The study shows that Hispanic and non-Hispanic black pregnant women appear to be disproportionately affected by SARS-CoV-2 infection during pregnancy. Among reproductive-age women with SARS-CoV-2 infection, pregnancy was associated with hospitalization and increased risk for intensive care unit admission, and receipt of mechanical ventilation, but not with death.
Based on this data, pregnant women might be at increased risk for severe COVID-19 illness. To reduce severe COVID-19 risk, be aware, cautious and practice prevention measures if you are pregnant or have contact with those that are pregnant.
During the pandemic, the CDC recommends that pregnant women take these precautions:
- Limit your interactions with other people as much as possible
- Wash hands often with soap and water (20 seconds) or use hand sanitizer
- Clean and disinfect frequently touched areas daily
- When interacting with others, take precautions such as maintaining a 6-foot distance from others and wearing a face covering
- Mask wearing when out in public
- Do not skip your prenatal care appointments
- Keep a 30-day supply of any medicines you take
- Keep a thermometer on hand at home
- Report any symptoms or concerns to your healthcare provider
- Seek care immediately if you have a medical emergency
Many people feel increases in stress during this pandemic. Fear and anxiety can be overwhelming and cause strong emotions. Learn more and get help to manage your stress: https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/daily-life-coping/managing-stress-anxiety.html
Learn more about how to decrease your risk of getting COVID-19 https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/need-extra-precautions/people-with-medical-conditions.html?CDC_AA_refVal=https%3A%2F%2Fwww.cdc.gov%2Fcoronavirus%2F2019-ncov%2Fneed-extra-precautions%2Fgroups-at-higher-risk.html#pregnancy
Study Source: https://www.cdc.gov/mmwr/volumes/69/wr/mm6925a1.htm