Are pregnant women at increased risk of developing serious illness from COVID-19?
Who is at higher risk for severe COVID-19 illness?
Older adults and people of any age who have serious underlying medical conditions, including people with liver disease, might be at higher risk for severe illness from COVID-19. People with chronic liver disease, including hepatitis B and hepatitis C, may have concerns and questions related to their risk.
What else do pregnant women with COVID-19 face, in addition to severe illness?
Additionally, pregnant people with COVID-19 are at increased risk of preterm birth and might be at increased risk of other adverse pregnancy outcomes compared with pregnant women without COVID-19.
What are some of the symptoms of COVID-19 in pregnant women?
Data regarding COVID-19 in pregnancy are limited; according to current information, presenting signs and symptoms are expected to be similar to those for non-pregnant patients, including the presence of fever.
Can COVID-19 affect a newborn baby?
COVID-19 is uncommon in newborns born to mothers who had COVID-19 during pregnancy. Some newborns have tested positive for COVID-19 shortly after birth. It is unknown if these newborns got the virus before, during, or after birth. Most newborns who tested positive for COVID-19 had mild or no symptoms and recovered.
What are the odds of getting severe COVID-19 symptoms?
Most people will have mild symptoms and get better on their own. But about 1 in 6 will have severe problems, such as trouble breathing. The odds of more serious symptoms are higher if you’re older or have another health condition like diabetes or heart disease.
Are people with serious underlying chronic medical conditions at higher risk for serious illness from COVID-19?
All people with serious underlying chronic medical conditions like chronic lung disease, a serious heart condition, or a weakened immune system seem to be more likely to get severely ill from COVID-19.
Are the Pfizer and Moderna vaccines safe for pregnancy?
We now have robust data of nearly 200,000 women from across the US and the UK, who have received the COVID-19 vaccine with no safety concerns. This tells us that both the Moderna and Pfizer vaccines are safe in pregnancy.
Which ethnicity of pregnant women are more affected by COVID-19?
Pregnant women who are Black or Hispanic appear to be disproportionately affected by infection with the COVID-19 virus.
What is Remdesivir?
Remdesivir is in a class of medications called antivirals. It works by stopping the virus from spreading in the body.