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Pregnant women at increased risk of severe COVID – new study

By John Allotey, Lecturer in Epidemiology and Women’s Health, University of Birmingham
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In previous respiratory virus outbreaks, such as Sars and Mers (both caused by coronaviruses), pregnant women infected with the virus were more likely to die or need intensive-care treatment than women of the same age who weren’t pregnant. And the risk of complication to them and their unborn child was higher compared with pregnant women without the virus.

Ever since SARS-CoV-2, the virus that causes COVID, was first identified, people…


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