Effect of COVID-19 infection on pregnant women in plateau regions

A. Lv, BianBaZhuoMa, DeQiong, DaWaZhuoMa, PuBuZhuoMa, D. Yao, LangJiQuZhen, Y. Lu, L. Cai, DaZhen, C. Tang, Y. Zhang, J. Yin, T. Ding, DaWaCang, M. Wu, Y. Chen, Y. Li

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Objective: The present study aims to explore the effect of COVID-19 infection on pregnant women in plateau regions. Study design: Data from 381 pregnant women infected with COVID-19 who underwent prenatal examination or treatment at Women and Children's Hospital of Tibet Autonomous Region between January 2020 and December 2022 and 314 pregnant women not infected with COVID-19 were retrospectively collected. Methods: The study participants were divided into an infected and non-infected group according to whether they were infected with COVID-19. Basic information (ethnicity, age, body mass index and gestational age [GA]), vaccination status, intensive care unit (ICU) admission and delivery outcomes were compared. Binary logistic regression was used to analyse the influencing factors of ICU admission. Results: The results revealed significant differences in the GA, vaccination rate, blood pressure, partial pressure of oxygen, white blood cell (WBC) count, ICU admission rate, preeclampsia rate, forearm presentation rate, thrombocytopenia rate, syphilis infection rate and placental abruption rate between the two groups (P < 0.05). A univariate analysis showed that COVID-19 infection, hepatitis B virus infection, the WBC count and hypoproteinaemia were risk factors for ICU admission. The results of the multivariate analysis of the ICU admission of pregnant women showed that COVID-19 infection (odds ratio [OR] = 4.271, 95 % confidence interval [CI]: 3.572–5.820, P < 0.05) was a risk factor for ICU admission and the WBC count (OR = 0.935, 95 % CI: 0.874–0.947, P < 0.05) was a protective factor for ICU admission. Conclusion: Pregnant women are vulnerable to the adverse consequences of COVID-19 infection, and public health measures such as vaccination are needed to protect this population subgroup.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)57-62
Number of pages6
JournalPublic Health
StatePublished - Apr 2024
Externally publishedYes


  • COVID-19
  • Clinical manifestation
  • Neonate
  • Pregnancy
  • Pregnancy outcome


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