Pregnant women with coronavirus (Covid-19) may be more likely to be hospitalized and admitted to intensive care, according to a study shared by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).
The findings were published in the Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report (MMWR), which also found that the risk of needing assistance from a ventilator is higher. However, the risk of death is similar for pregnant and non-pregnant women.
“During pregnancy, women experience immunological and physiological changes that could increase their risk of more serious illness from respiratory infections,” the report reads.  As of June 7, the CDC indicated that 326,335 women of reproductive age (15 to 44 years) tested positive for Covid-19 in the United States. Pregnancy status data was available for 91,412 infected women (28%), of whom 8,207 (9%) were pregnant.
“CDC is working with state, local, and territorial health departments and partners to better understand the implications of Covid-19 during pregnancy, ”they stated.
On the other hand, of the pregnant women with Covid-19 at the time of the study whose laboratories reported race / ethnicity, 46% were Hispanic, the 22% were black and 23% were white.
“Although data on race / ethnicity were lacking for 20% of pregnant women, these findings suggest that Hispanic and black pregnant women may be disproportionately affected by HIV infection. SARS-CoV-2 during pregnancy ”, reads the document.