More pregnant women hospitalized with COVID-19 variants

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Pregnant women who do contract COVID-19 are at increased risk for more severe disease than their non-pregnant counterparts. Photo: Pexels

(Parris Kane/ ABC News) — Over the last two months, hospitals across the state have seen more pregnant moms being hospitalized due to COVID-19.

Dr. Nirvana Manning, chair and service line director for Women’s Health at University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences, said they’ve been testing all of their patients for COVID-19 since early on in the pandemic. Until recently, most positive pregnant moms were asymptomatic, and surprised to learn they had COVID-19.

Over the past couple of months, however, Manning said that’s changed. The pregnant moms that have contracted COVID-19 are now coming to the hospital extremely sick. (…)

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