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South Korea Confirms First Case Of Foetus Death Due To Coronavirus.

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I think with the vaccines going public and more places opening up, many have forgotten that the Covid-19 pandemic is still going on. I see people roaming around without a mask as if 1000s of people did not just die in the past year or two because of this virus. However, as much as we all are trying to make up for lost time, there is still a lot we don’t know about the Coronavirus. This can be proved by the recent scary news of South Korea reporting the first foetus death caused by the virus.

According to reports, a 24-week pregnant woman gave birth to a stillborn baby on Monday, which is 4 days after she was confirmed to be Covid positive, according to the Korea Disease Control and Prevention Agency (KDCA). The foetus tested positive for the virus too according to Yonhap News Agency as they quoted the authorities. 

Initially, the Coronavirus was said to have no adverse side effects on pregnant people. However, it was later discovered that pregnancy might increase the risk of being infected by the Coronavirus. Pregnant people are twice as likely to die due to the virus as compared to people their age according to the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).

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The CDC found that between March 2020 to September 2021, 1.3% of the babies born in the US after the parent being tested positive for the coronavirus were stillborn as compared to the 0.6% born to parents who were not infected by the Coronavirus. In the latest weekly Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report highlights the increased risks of getting infected by the Coronavirus during pregnancy, especially after the emergence of the Delta variant. The hypothesised reason is that Covid-19 raises blood flow to and increases the pressure on the placenta; two very unfavourable conditions for a foetus. The CDC has recommended vaccinations for people who are pregnant to avoid this outcome and have a healthy and unproblematic pregnancy.

The more I read and find out about the new discoveries that come up about this virus, the more I realise how little we know and how important it is to still be cautious. While we are all trying to go back to normal, it is important to still save yourself and the people around you from the Coronavirus.

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