Pregnant Black and Hispanic Women More Prone to Coronavirus Exposure

A new study from the University of Pennsylvania School of Medicine, US, finds that pregnant black and Hispanic women in Philadelphia are 5 times more likely to be exposed to coronavirus compared to white and Asian women.Pregnant Black and Hispanic Women More Prone to Coronavirus Exposure

For the study, a team of researchers measured levels of COVID-19 antibodies to estimate rates of exposure to the coronavirus in pregnant women cared for at two Philadelphia hospitals. They found that 6.2% of these women possessed antibodies to the virus with significant variation across racial and ethnic groups: 9.7% in Black women, 10.4% in Hispanic/Latina women, 2.0% in White/Non-Hispanic women, and 0.9 % in Asian women.

One of the study leaders Karen Marie Puopolo, MD, Ph.D., an associate professor of Pediatrics and neonatologist at the Children's Hospital of Philadelphia, says: “Identifying the disparity in virus exposure will ideally help lead to the discovery of what is causing these differences, including factors rooted in systemic racism, and inform public health measures aimed at preventing further infections.”

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