Maternal and neonatal morbidity and mortality among pregnant women with and without COVID-19 #coronavirus infection

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From March to October last year the INTERCOVID team tracked data on 2,130 pregnant women across the world from Argentina to Russia, including the UK, US, France, Italy and Japan.

The results are stark: women with Covid during pregnancy were found to be over 50 per cent more likely to experience complications such as premature birth, pre-eclampsia, admission to intensive care and death compared with pregnant women unaffected by the disease.

While the consequences of such complications were more serious in lower-income countries, the elevated risk of complications in the first place were the same everywhere.

The impact of Covid was not limited to mothers, either. The babies of infected women the study followed were almost three times more likely to face “severe medical complications, such as admission to a neonatal intensive care unit – mostly due to premature birth.”

The Telegraph report on the INTERCOVID research

INTERCOVID research paper

 

See also:

CNN story: Brazil asks women ‘if possible’ to delay pregnancy over Covid variants

Brussels TImes story: Pregnant women should get priority vaccination 

 

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