Some studies suggest that pregnant women with COVID-19 might be at more risk for severe illness than women who are not pregnant. Recent research by the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) in the United States looked at about 400,000 women aged 15 – 44 years with COVID-19 symptoms. They found that serious complications (including intensive care, ventilation, and death) were more likely in pregnant women than in women who were not pregnant. Hispanic/Latino pregnant women and older women also had higher risk than non-pregnant and younger women. Pregnant women and their families should be told about the risk of COVID-19 complications and how to prevent infection. Pregnant women should limit unnecessary interactions with other people, wear masks, wash their hands, and maintain social distance. At the same time, pregnant women should continue all prenatal care and doctor appointments.


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