Pregnant women appear to be at higher risk of infection by COVID-19, according to a new study published in the American Journal of Obstetrics and Gynecology.
The study shows that the infection rate among expectant women in Washington state was 70 percent higher than in similarly aged adults in the state, EurekAlert reported.
It also found that infection rates among pregnant women of color were two to four times higher than expected.
“Pregnant women were not protected from COVID-19 in the early months of the pandemic, with the greatest burden of infections occurring in nearly all racial/ethnic minority groups,” the researchers wrote.
The study followed 240 pregnant women with COVID-19 in 35 hospitals and clinics from March through June 2020.
Dr. Kristina Adams Waldorf, an OB-GYN at the University of Washington School of Medicine, said the study provides more evidence that pregnancy should be considered a high-risk health condition for vaccine priority.
“Our data indicates that pregnant people did not avoid the pandemic