Coronavirus: Are pregnant women at increased risk?

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FILE – In this Aug. 7, 2018 file photo, a doctor performs an ultrasound scan on a pregnant woman at a hospital in Chicago. A new study released Tuesday, Sept. 17, 2019, suggests when a pregnant woman breathes in air pollution, it can travel beyond her lungs to the placenta that guards her fetus. During pregnancy, particle pollution is linked to premature births and low birth weight, but scientists don’t understand why. (AP Photo/Teresa Crawford, File)

Coronavirus Resources from the CDC

CHICOPEE, Mass. (WWLP) – As the coronavirus continues to spread, there are concerns for those who may be more at risk.

According to the CDC, the immune system of women who are pregnant is slower to respond to illness.

While there is limited pregnancy-specific data on the coronavirus, based on similar viruses, pregnant women and babies are more at risk of becoming sick.

Right now, it is not known whether a pregnant woman with coronavirus can transmit the virus to her baby and there’s no information on the long term health effects on infants.

Recent data, however, has shown that babies who were born to mothers who had the virus, did not test positive for coronavirus.

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