Rossen Reports: New warning for pregnant women

We’re digging into a new CDC warning and looking into why cases are spiking from state to state.


Some states are reporting that more people in their 20s and 30s are now testing positive for the coronavirus.

The issue has implications for more than just the people directly affected.

While younger people might be able to fight off the virus at a better rate, there are some issues at play to consider.

Here to help answer that is Dr. Leana Wen, an emergency physician and public health professor at George Washington University. Dr. Wen also served as Baltimore's health commissioner.

"There are two things," Wen says. "One is that, young people do get sick. They do end up in the ICUs and some of them do die. And the other thing is, young people who are up and about, even if they don’t get that sick themselves, they can come home and infect their loved ones, their parents, their grandparents. And this is a time where we all need to take the steps to protect ourselves and remember that we’re doing it not only for us but for everybody around us."

This is a different demographic from back in March and April – when those in their 20s and 30s weren’t as highly infected.

To make matters worse, the number of daily new cases seems to be spiking. What's happening? Is that because the more vulnerable population is staying home and the people who are out and about during this reopening are younger people?

"That may be a part of it but there is also a lag in time. Because unfortunately, death is a late indicator," Wen says. "So you have first the time of infection to when people get severe symptoms. And then if people end up succumbing and dying, there’s another lag of potentially a few weeks. So I believe we will see the death numbers increase as we are seeing across the south and the southeast. We’re seeing an increase rate of hospitalizations. We’re seeing many ICUs being full and unfortunately what happens after that is that there will be a rise in the number of deaths."

Elvia Jennifer writes in, asking, “What is the risk for seeing someone who is pregnant? We’ve been quarantined but one of us has recently returned to work.”

"So the CDC just came out with new guidelines that state that pregnant women are among those that are more vulnerable," Wen says. "That pregnancy is a condition that might increase the severe risk for COVID-19. There was just a study done that came out yesterday that shows that pregnant women compared to non-pregnant women are more likely to end up on a ventilator, in the ICU and hospitalized if they get COVID-19. So pregnant people should use an abundance of caution, reduce risk when possible, and if you’re going to visit someone who’s pregnant, try to keep yourself isolated and reduce your own risk in the days leading up to visiting them."

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