New study on Corona
Delta variant is most dangerous for pregnant women
According to an international study led by Switzerland, an infection with the delta variant of the coronavirus has the worst consequences for pregnant women. But the Omikron variant should not be underestimated either.
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Pregnant women who contracted the coronavirus during the delta period were at the highest risk of serious outcomes.
A research team led by the University Hospital of Lausanne (CHUV) examined the risks of corona diseases with different corona variants. Between March 2020 and September 2022, 2,244 pregnant women took part in the study, as the CHUV wrote in a statement on Wednesday.
Pregnant women who were infected with the corona virus during the delta period were therefore at the highest risk of serious consequences. These included increased admissions to the intensive care unit and an increased need for oxygen.
Hospital admissions also high at Omikron
The omicron variant, on the other hand, has been associated with less severe adverse outcomes for expectant mothers. Nonetheless, the hospital admission rate remained high even at Omicron, the authors wrote in the study. The omicron variant is “milder, but not mild”. Specifically, around twelve percent of the women infected with omicron had to be hospitalized.
This underlines the ongoing benefits of the corona vaccination for pregnant women. “It is important to continue to promote vaccination and the various booster vaccinations in pregnant women or women planning to become pregnant,” co-author David Baud of the CHUV was quoted as saying in the statement. (SDA)