Pregnant women admitted with COVID-19 less likely to die, expert

According to a study conducted by the National Institute for Communicable Diseases, COVID-19 positive pregnant women do not have a higher case fatality ratio than non-pregnant women of childbearing age. #eNCA​ Courtesy #DStv403

JOHANNESBURG -Pregnant women admitted to hospital with COVID-19 are less likely to die.

That is according to the National Institute for Communicable Diseases (NICD).

The NICD's Waasila Jassat, however, says there's a greater risk of dying from Covid-19 in pregnant women that are older or have comorbidities.

"Out of 215,000 people reported with COVID-19 to be admitted in hospital, just over 5,000 were pregnant," she says.

READ: Public warned against buying fake vaccines

"We found that if you were pregnant, you had  higher rate of hospitalisation, almost two times that of non-pregnant women," she adds.

Jassat says that there was a lower chance of dying if you were pregnant with COVID-19 [and] admitted to hospital.

According to Jassat, the risk factors of dying with COVID-19 if you were pregnant is if you were older or had comorbidities such as hypertension or diabetes.

Watch the interview above for more on this analysis.


Paid Content