According to a new study, unvaccinated pregnant women have a bigger risk of complications when contracting COVID-19 than those who are vaccinated, as the delta variant is rising to be the predominant strain of the virus.
The study was first published in the American Journal of Obstetrics and Gynecology and analyzed the way the disease seems to be more severe amongst pregnant people, especially in the case of infection with the more easily transmissible variant.
As for how it was conducted, the research took into consideration the period between May of last year and September of 2021.
During that time, 1,515 pregnant people were diagnosed with COVID-19 in Dallas, 82 out of which were severe cases, with only one of them being a vaccinated expectant woman.
11 were so bad that they needed mechanical ventilation, and unfortunately, 2 of the pregnant women passed away fighting the virus.
The study shows that while only around 5 percent of expectant patients suffered through a severe COVID-19 infection in spring of this year, when the delta variant started to surge by the end of the summer, the percentage increased to 10-15!
The lead researcher on the study and assistant professor of obstetrics and gynecology at the University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center, Dr. Emily Adhikar, talked to the Dallas Morning News about the implications of this data, especially concerning unvaccinated pregnant mothers.
She told the news outlet that “I am concerned about what the future holds for pregnant women who have not been vaccinated. We have experienced sicker patients with this last variant, so it means we have to vaccinate as many people as possible.”
The conclusion of this study is that those testing positive for the delta variant of the COVID-19 virus were more likely to experience severe symptoms and more likely to need hospitalization.
Another expert (not involved in the study directly,) infectious disease specialist, and a spokesman for the Infectious Diseases Society of America, Dr. Aaron Glatt, shared with Health Day that “If you’re pregnant and you get COVID-19, you’re at increased risk of becoming severely ill.”
As a result, the research team and other specialists in the field of medicine are encouraging pregnant women not to hesitate when it comes to receiving the COVID-19 vaccine as soon as possible if they want to protect themselves and their unborn babies.
At this point in time, it is the best known method of preventing infection, be it in pregnant women or the general population.
Just last week, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention released an official health alert that encouraged all expectant mothers and those trying to get pregnant to go get the shots.
Most recent data from the CDC records that there have been more than 125,000 COVID-19 cases in pregnant women, 22,000 needing hospitalization, while 161 have sadly lost their battles.
Seeing how nearly all of the severe cases and deaths happened to unvaccinated patients, it is obviously a huge risk to go unvaccinated while carrying.
Despite this, however, the CDC has reported that no more than 31 percent of pregnant women between the ages of 18 and 49 have received the much needed shots against the COVID-19 virus.