What We Learned Today

April 2, 2021

The Latest From the CDC on COVID-19

A media briefing provides important perspective on the pandemic, from preexisting conditions to pregnancy.

Preexisting Conditions

  • 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,