- According to the CDC, August was the deadliest month ever for pregnant women.
- “Tackling this boom and caring for women who are really sick has really taken a toll,” said Gandhi, who heads maternal-fetal medicine at Texas Children’s Hospital.
- “I am still really afraid that this is just another lull before another possible surge,” Gandhi said.
On the heels of the deadliest month of the pandemic for pregnant people, Dr Manisha Gandhi told CNBC that she is not optimistic about COVID-19 this winter.
“Tackling this boom and caring for women who are really sick has really taken a toll,” said Gandhi, who heads maternal-fetal medicine at Texas Children’s Hospital. “I’m still really afraid this is just another lull before another potential surge.”
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention on Wednesday issued an urgent message asking pregnant women to obtain a COVID-19 vaccine. At least 22,000 pregnant women have been hospitalized with Covid, and more than 160 have died, including 22 in August, the agency reported.
Gandhi, who has treated pregnant women with COVID, told “The News with Shepard Smith” that not only are mothers “sick” with COVID, but it is affecting newborns as well.
“We also have to give them a premature birth, so they are dealing with complications themselves, but then we have to give birth to their baby to improve their health, and as a result go to their intensive care unit. Will,” explained Gandhi.
According to CDC data, less than a third of all pregnant women in the US are fully vaccinated, and about 97% of pregnant women have been hospitalized with COVID-19 so far in 2021, who have not been vaccinated.
Gandhi told host Shepard Smith that the CDC’s data from more than nine months should reassure pregnant women that the vaccine is safe.
“It should really help support women, that this is a safe vaccine and that they can be really sure that nothing is to be expected,” the obstetrician/gynecologist said.
Gandhi said, “For people who worry about putting things in their bodies, once you get Kovid and you get really sick, I have to give a lot of drugs that have little protection compared to this vaccine.” There is data.”