SAN DIEGO – Fetal medicine specialist from Sharp HealthCare says she has seen an increase in the number of pregnant women hospitalized with COVID-19 as San Diego County reported its first pregnant woman to die from the virus on Friday .
Local public health officials say the woman, along with her unborn child, died earlier this week after being hospitalized. Little has been publicly shared about the woman due to privacy concerns, but officials said she was not vaccinated.
More than 170 pregnant women nationwide have died from complications from COVID-19 since the start of the pandemic, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.
Of those hospitalized, 97% have not been vaccinated against COVID, the CDC reported.
“There is a significant increase from what we’re going through now with the delta increasing from what we saw at the very start of the pandemic,” Dr Joanna Adamczak of Sharp HealthCare told FOX 5.
Adamczak said pregnant women were already in a high-risk group. Contracting COVID during pregnancy carries a risk of premature birth or death, she said.
“Women are, in general, immunocompromised during pregnancy,” she said. âThey have reduced lung capacity and it all affects the mother. “
The best way to prevent women from dying from COVID is with vaccination, Adamczak said.
“It lowers the risk of death, and it’s a known complication, it’s the most serious complication,” she said. “It’s tragic, but it’s true.”
A list of vaccination sites in San Diego County is available online at coronavirus-sd.com.
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