Although vaccination is in full swing, there are still risks for unvaccinated people, especially pregnant women.
In an infographic titled ” Pregnancy and Covid: a great risk for mothers and their babies “, Developed by Dr. Tayeb Hamdi, medical specialist and researcher in health policies and systems, the latter identifies the dangers that await unvaccinated pregnant women in the event of contamination with Covid-19.
A woman who is not pregnant and has Covid-19 is 2.59 times more likely to need assisted ventilation and 2.13 times more likely to be admitted to intensive care while a woman is pregnant women at 18 times more risk of admission to intensive care, 2.8 times more risk of fetal loss, and 5 times more risk of admission to intensive care of the newborn, says Dr Tayeb Hamdi.
If there is an association of chronic diseases, Dr. Hamdi highlights that in the case of a pregnant diabetic, the unvaccinated pregnant woman has 15 times the risk of maternal mortality, and 6 times more risk of needing ventilation. mechanics for a pregnant woman with high blood pressure.
The Delta variant, the number 1 enemy of pregnant women
The Delta variant of Covid-19 is wreaking havoc in Morocco as in several countries around the world. According to Dr Tayeb Hamdi, admissions of pregnant women to hospital due to Covid-19 are on the increase. Worse, according to him, the attack is more severe compared to the classic strain and the Alpha variant.
There is even a risk of using an artificial respirator for pregnant women with severe forms of Covid, specifies this specialist, noting that the classic strain of the coronavirus affects one in 5 pregnant women while the Alpha variant affects one in 4 pregnant women while that the Delta variant affects one in three pregnant women.
With the Delta variant, the risk of a premature delivery is doubled compared to the Alpha variant specifies Dr Hamdi.
According to Dr Tayeb Hamdi, the vaccination of pregnant and breastfeeding women is safe, effective and protective. Vaccination thus protects pregnant women against severe forms of Covid-19 in mothers, against maternal death, against admission to intensive care of mothers and babies, against miscarriages, against premature deliveries and finally against growth retardation and in utero death of the baby.
” The vaccine response in pregnant women is equivalent to that of non-pregnant women who have had covid“Says the specialist, specifying that 98% of hospitalized pregnant women had not been vaccinated against Covid.