We’re still not sure how COVID-19 impacts pregnant people

Tuesday, July 14, 2020 - 11:10 in Health & Medicine

There's still a lot researchers don't know about how SARS-CoV-2 can travel from an expectant parent to their unborn fetus. (Pixabay/)Scientists are learning more about how COVID-19 affects pregnant people and the fetuses they carry all the time, but there’s still a lot they aren’t sure of.“People are working really hard to try to understand the effects of COVID-19 on [expectant mothers and their babies], so I think we will have information soon,” says Sonja Rasmussen, a University of Florida pediatrician and epidemiologist who studies the links between birth defects and disease.Early on in the COVID-19 pandemic, Rasmussen says, researchers immediately began studying the impact of COVID-19 on expecting parents and their pregnancies. They found that pregnant women, specifically, are more likely than other women in their cohort to have a serious case of COVID-19 if infected, and require ICU care and a ventilator, she says.In a June study...

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