Doctors see rise in pregnant woman with COVID, encourage vaccination

[WCCO-TV News, August 12, 2021] Twin Cities doctors are concerned over seeing a rise in pregnant women becoming sick with COVID-19.

The Centers for Disease Control estimates 77% of expecting women are not vaccinated. But that’s only part of the story. Dr. Ryan Loftin, with Allina Health says they’ve seen a small amount of break-through cases.

“What we are seeing in our numbers is that about 86% of COVID cases that we’re seeing in pregnant women are women who are unvaccinated, which fits with what we’re seeing nationally,” Loftin said.

More recently, he’s seen pregnant women requiring increased support and even ICU care.

“It can be as severe as it is in anyone else, requiring intubation, mechanical ventilation and even including deaths of pregnant women because of severe illness,” Loftin said.

And that’s why doctors want pregnant patients to know the vaccine is safe.

Posted on August 12, 2021 in coronavirusVaccine

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