Pregnant women tested for coronavirus offer another picture of the infection rate

A new study showed that some women who delivered babies in the city in recent weeks had been inflicted with the coronavirus without displaying symptoms.

NewYork-Presbyterian and Columbia University Medical Center screened more than 200 women for the illness upon admission between March 22 and April 4, according to the study.

Among the 33 patients who tested positive, 29 of them had no symptoms.

The study, doctors claim, underscores the risk of COVID-19 among asymptomatic obstetrical patients. It also warns the true prevalence of infection may be underreported because of false-negative results of tests to detect SARS-CoV-2.

One of the doctors who performed the study was on TV, this morning. She made the point that this was one of the first instances we have of a demographic group not expected to show the greatest rate of infection — yet, with 100% testing of 215 women, it indicated an infection rate of more than 15%.

One thought on “Pregnant women tested for coronavirus offer another picture of the infection rate

  1. p/s says:

    “Coronavirus clue? Most cases aboard U.S. aircraft carrier are symptom-free” https://www.reuters.com/article/us-health-coronavirus-usa-military-sympt/coronavirus-clue-most-cases-aboard-us-aircraft-carrier-are-symptom-free-idUSKCN21Y2GB
    The possibility that the coronavirus spreads in a mostly stealthy mode among a population of largely young, healthy people showing no symptoms could have major implications for U.S. policy-makers, who are considering how and when to reopen the economy.
    It also renews questions about the extent to which U.S. testing of just the people suspected of being infected is actually capturing the spread of the virus in the United States and around the world.
    Defense Secretary Mark Esper, speaking in a television interview on Thursday, said the number of asymptomatic cases from the carrier was “disconcerting.”
    “It has revealed a new dynamic of this virus: that it can be carried by normal, healthy people who have no idea whatsoever that they are carrying it,” Esper told NBC’s “Today” morning show.

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