Pregnancy Increase Risk of COVID-19 by 70 Percent

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  • Pregnant women in Washington state were infected with COVID-19 at 70 percent higher rate than others of similar ages, according to a study published by the American Journal of Obstetrics and Gynecology
  • A team of researchers from the University of Washington in Seattle analyzed data from 240 pregnant COVID-19 patients at 35 hospitals, capturing more than half of the state's annual births, from March 1 to June 30, 2020
  • The researchers found a twofold to fourfold higher prevalnce of COVID-19 infection in pregnant patients
  • The researchers suggested that higher infection rates in pregnant patients may be because pregnant women may have larger households and children being in daycare or playgroups, and also may be caregivers within an extended family
  • Senior author of the study said the higher infection rates and severity of disease in pregnant women suggests pregnancy should be considered a high-risk health condition for COVID-19 vaccine allocation