State health officials discuss COVID-19 surge

Today, the Mississippi State Department of Health hosted a press conference to talk about the surge in COVID cases and how COVID is impacting pregnant women.

State health officials announced that Mississippi has reported its seventh pediatric death and there are an increasing amount of deaths among pregnant women.

Dr. Thomas Dobbs said COVID is deadly to the pregnant woman, but it is also deadly for the baby in the womb.

With COVID, there has been a doubling of fetal deaths in the womb after 20 weeks.

The vaccine has been found to be successful in preventing these outcomes among pregnant women. Dr. Dobbs said, “We really want to make sure that we’re making an effort to get pregnant women protected, to get pregnant women vaccinated. Expect to see more information coming out from us and with our partners to make sure we are protecting some of the most vulnerable people in our population. Additionally, if pregnant women do get COVID, they do also need to pursue monoclonal antibodies. So, if you’re pregnant and if you get COVID, please go ahead and check into getting monoclonal antibodies. Vaccines and antibodies are approved and recommended for pregnant women.”

Dr. Dobbs also said the CDC, the Society of Maternal Fetal Medicine, and the American College of OBGYNS strongly support vaccination for pregnant women.

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