Transcript for CDC releases new report on pregnant women and COVID-19
We turn to our "Gma" cover story. Those new headlines about pregnant women and covid-19. The CDC releasing a report that shows they could face higher risk of complications and this as we're learning of a mom who tested negative for the virus but then gave birth to triplets who tested positive. Dr. Ashton is here back to break all of this down for us. Dr. Jen, I know this is exactly in your wheelhouse. Let's start with the CDC study because it's the most comprehensive study I think we've seen so far, its impact on pregnant women and the virus. What's the headline out of it for you? Well, exactly, Cecilia. We have to remember 4 million babies born in the United States every year so this is not a small population. We've been tracking this from the beginning because the state of pregnancy represents a compromised immune system and know that pregnant women are at higher risk for complications from influenza, yesterday the CDC announced that pregnant women face a significantly higher risk of hospitalizations due to covid-19. Icu admission and need for mechanical ventilator too. But the good news, at this time they do not appear to be at higher risk of death and somewhat related to this, Cecilia, I just want to throw in that acog, our national professional medical organization is urging the federal government to include pregnant women in the covid vaccine clinical trials because we need to know if they'll be eligible. Let's talk about the other case we mentioned at the top. It's a case out of Mexico, a mom testedness for the virus. She gives birth to triplet boss all tested positive. This sounds like a bit of a head scratcher. And it is, Cecilia. We're not exactly sure what went on in this case. We think based on published reports thus far that what we call vertical transmission which is transmitting the virus from the pregnant woman to the fetus while the fetus is in utero, very, very rare so possibility of false positives, we're not So how are you counseling the patients coming to see you, the ones that are pregnant and the people around them need to take? So important, really put a bubble around that group. Here's my prescription, number one, any pregnant woman really double down on those social distancing measures. Very, very important. Do not defer or skip those prenatal visits. That will caution a whole other set of potential issues and talk to your obstetrician or midwife about wearing a mask, all the other steps you can take, very, very important. You want to have an open dialogue between you and your obstetrician or midwife because this is a stressful time to be sure. Thanks so much. We now look at the troubling rise in the number of young
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