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COVID-19 raises death-risk in pregnancy by sevenfold – Study

A study has revealed that COVID-19 infection in pregnancy raises a woman’s risk of death sevenfold and significantly elevates her odds for needing intensive care, a new study finds.Information Guide Nigeria

According to PUNCH, the study was led by an assistant professor of global health at the George Washington Milken Institute of Public Health, Emily Smith, and her team of researchers at the George Washington University, Washington D.C.

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According to a report by U.S. News, Smith said, “This study provides the most comprehensive evidence to date suggesting that COVID-19 is a threat during pregnancy.

“Our findings underscore the importance of COVID-19 vaccination for all women of childbearing age,” she added in a university news release”.NYSC portal

As reported by PUNCH, these studies, which involved more than 13,000 pregnant women, had patient data from 12 studies conducted in 12 countries, including the United States.

According to the study, many women of childbearing age remain unvaccinated in the US and elsewhere,

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The study showed that some women hesitate or refuse to get the vaccine or booster shot because they think the risks of having COVID are small for young women or are unsure about vaccine safety during pregnancy.

Smith said, “This study shows the risk of getting COVID-19 for both mother and baby,” Smith said, adding that, “All countries, including the United States, should make access to COVID vaccines an urgent priority in order to save lives and prevent health problems.”

PUNCH reveals that the research was funded by the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation. The study findings were published Jan. 17 in BMJ Global Health.JAMB Result

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Idongesit Akpa-Ayang

Idongesit is a graduate of Communication Arts, University of Uyo. Currently working as a news reporter at InfoGuide Nigeria.

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