The Latest From the CDC on COVID-19
A media briefing provides important perspective on the pandemic, from preexisting conditions to pregnancy.
- The CDC expanded the list of preexisting conditions that make you more vulnerable to COVID-19, emphasizing that THESE, not necessarily age (though the elderly are more prone to preexisting conditions) are crucial factors in severe cases.
- 60% of Americans have at least one preexisting condition.
- Obesity is among the most prevalent – 40% of Americans are obese.
- Pregnant women with COVID-19 are more likely to be hospitalized, admitted to the ICU, and require a ventilator than women who are not pregnant.
- However, right now, pregnant women are not at a higher risk of death.
- Information on the lingering impacts of COVID-19 on the unborn remain unknown. The CDC says after 5 mos of the pandemic, they simply don’t have information on full-term pregnancies.
The CDC says research shows an estimated 10 additional cases for each *known* case of COVID-19 in America,
Consequently, the CDC estimates a small portion of the entire nation – under 8% – have been exposed to COVID-19.
CDC Dir. Dr. Redfield says estimates for asymptomatic spread are btwn 20-80%.
Dr. Redfield says in March, about 27% or 1 in 4 deaths in America were attributed to a pneumonia, flu or COVID-19; now the percentage is more “normal,” around 7%. Still he says this latest “significant increase” of cases is important and still part of the “first wave” of this pandemic in America.
Listen to the entire briefing: CLICK HERE
Dive deeper into the latest of preexisting conditions: CLICK HERE
The study on pregnancy: CLICK HERE
by Jenna Lee,