Pregnant women are at an increased risk of COVID-19 and must remain particularly diligent about wearing masks and social distancing experts say. On November 5th Governor Jared Polis urged Coloradan’s to voluntarily take steps to limit the spread of the coronavirus including, staying home whenever possible and limiting interaction with people outside of immediate family.
A new recent study from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) looked at “outcomes of 409,462 symptomatic women ages 15 to 44 who tested positive for the coronavirus, 23,434 of whom were pregnant.” The study showed that pregnancy is one of the conditions that increases risk of “developing severe illness, including a heightened risk of death.”
The good news is that the “absolute risk of these severe outcomes is low among women 15 to 44, regardless of pregnancy status.” However there is an “increased risk associated with pregnancy.”
We want to empower our patients to take steps to avoid getting sick and have healthy pregnancies. Flu shots are still available for pregnant patients and we encourage you to discuss all concerns with your healthcare providers.
Recommendations for pregnant patients from the American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists here.