Spanish study shows higher risk of COVID-19 pneumonia for pregnant women

Reuters

Posted at Jun 18 2020 01:17 AM

Spanish study shows higher risk of COVID-19 pneumonia for pregnant women 1
Pregnant women wearing face masks pray to Our Lady of Childbirth inside the Cathedral, as some Spanish provinces are allowed to ease lockdown restrictions during phase one, amid the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) outbreak, in Valencia, Spain May 19, 2020. Nacho Doce, Reuters

Pregnant women face a higher risk of developing pneumonia from COVID-19 than women in general aged between 30 and 40, a Spanish study showed on Wednesday.

The obstetrics and infectious diseases departments at Madrid's 12 de Octubre hospital found the risk of developing severe pneumonia from COVID-19 in "pregnant patients is high and superior to that of women of the same age", a hospital statement said.

Pregnant women who showed coronavirus symptoms had a 61.5 percent chance of developing pneumonia, according to the study. This compared with an average risk of 25 percent for women between 30 and 40 years old in Spain, said the study, which was also published in the Lancet medical journal.

Researchers tracked 52 adult pregnant women who were diagnosed with COVID-19 between March 6 and April 5. Some 32 of the group contracted pneumonia, of whom more than half required supplemental oxygen.

Most pregnant women with COVID-19 did not need to be induced into labor and only three of the women included in the study needed a C-section as a result of the disease.