Why pregnant women face special risks from COVID-19 | Science | AAAS
Physicians and health researchers say there is preliminary evidence that pregnancy might make women’s bodies more vulnerable to severe COVID-19. In pregnancy, women’s lungs are crowded, the cardiovascular system is strained and the immune system changes to preserve the fetus’s health. There is still much that we don’t know, but the prescription for prevention is simple, where it’s feasible: masks and social distancing. And there is good news — fetuses seem to very rarely be infected late in pregnancy, and the disease has not been shown to cause birth defects.
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