The data on Covid-19 and pregnancy is woefully incomplete

Pregnant women—and particularly minority women—might be at higher risk of developing severe cases of Covid-19. Or they might not be.

A report published in June by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) shows Hispanic and Black pregnant women are disproportionately affected by severe cases of coronavirus, requiring hospitalization and, in some case, intensive care and mechanical ventilation. Initial research suggests that women who have Covid-19 at the time of delivery may experience complications, and that fetuses, too, might be at risk of complications even after delivery.

But consistent with the US’s poor track record when it comes to maternal health data, the numbers we have so far are poorly collected, and overall unreliable.

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