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COVID-19 hospitalisations of unvaccinated pregnant women rising: Study

Doctor Examines A Pregnant Woman in Hospital

*Experts found the admission rates of unvaccinated pregnant women requiring hospitalisations after infection have increased significantly since 2020

Alexander Davis | ConsumerConnect

A fresh study conducted by researchers from UT Southwestern Medical Center explored the risks associated with unvaccinated pregnant women contracting the Coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic.

According to their findings, the highly contagious Delta variant has increased the risk of unvaccinated pregnant women requiring hospitalisation after infection.

Researcher Dr. Emily Adhikari said: “This is a concerning trend, and we’re primarily seeing these cases in unvaccinated women.”

The experts in the study analysed data from 1,515 pregnant women who received treatment at Parkland Health & Hospital System for COVID-19 between May 2020, and early September 2021.

The researchers, ultimately, found that the Delta variant was associated with a significant increase in hospitalisations among unvaccinated pregnant women.

While hospitalisations for critical cases had slowed in the early months of 2021, those numbers began to spike again in the summer, when the Delta variant was first spreading.

The findings revealed 82 of the women involved in the study were considered severe cases of COVID-19, and 10 required a ventilator.

Only one of the 82 women was vaccinated at the time of hospitalisation.

Dr. Adhikari further explained that pregnant women already have an increased risk of respiratory complications from infections similar to COVID-19.

This is why Dr. Adhikari advises all pregnant women to get vaccinated with the COVID-19 vaccine.

“If they are exposed and infected, they run a higher risk of severe illness from this most recent Delta variant.

“Pregnant women should get immunised as soon as possible,” Adhikari noted.

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