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Caution is advised for pregnant women during the COVID-19 pandemic

by Maxime Dubé - July 31, 2020  273 Views
Caution is advised for pregnant women during the COVID-19 pandemic

Claim

Pregnant women are not more susceptible to COVID-19

Verdict

Inaccurate as a whole (with reservations)

The headline of an article published on June 18, 2020, in the American media ABC News states that pregnant women are not more susceptible to COVID-19, according to currently available data. This statement is inaccurate with reservations.

A confusing and inaccurate title

First, both the title of the ABC news article and its claims are vague and confusing. Indeed, the title mentions the susceptibility of pregnant women to COVID-19, but of what type? To catch the disease? To be more seriously ill? To pass it on to their babies? A second problem lies with the title that suggests that available data indicates that pregnant women are no more at risk from COVID-19 than the rest of the population.

However, in the body of the ABC News item itself, and in the official sources cited below, it is instead explained that, based on the limited data currently available, there is no evidence that pregnant women are more vulnerable to the disease - unlike people with diabetes, high blood pressure and lung disease. However, considering the vulnerability of pregnant women to respiratory viruses in general, there is reason to believe that the...

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