Are pregnant people at high risk for severe symptoms?
Experts do not yet know a lot about COVID-19 and pregnancy. From what they know so far, pregnant people do not seem more likely than other people to get the infection.
One study found that pregnant people with COVID-19 might be more likely to get very sick and need to stay in the intensive care unit (“ICU”). In pregnant people, the risk of getting very sick is highest in those who are age 35 or older, obese, or have high blood pressure or diabetes. But most people recover before having their baby, and do not need to stay in the hospital. Pregnant people are not at higher risk of dying from COVID-19 than other people of similar age.
If I am pregnant and get infected, can I pass the virus to my baby?
Experts think it might be possible for a baby to get the infection while still in the uterus (womb). But this seems to be very uncommon. And when it does happen, most babies do not get very sick.
It is also possible to pass the virus to the baby during childbirth or after the baby is born. If you have COVID-19 when you give birth, there are ways to lower this risk.
Can children get COVID-19?
Yes. Children of any age can get COVID-19. Also, it is possible for children to spread the virus to other people. This can be dangerous, especially for people who are older or who have other health problems.
Are COVID-19 symptoms different in children than adults?
Not really. In adults, common symptoms include fever and cough. In more severe cases, people can develop pneumonia and have trouble breathing. Children with COVID-19 can have these symptoms, too. Some children do not have any symptoms at all.
Other symptoms can also happen in children and adults. These might include feeling very tired, shaking chills, headache, muscle aches, sore throat, a runny or stuffy nose, diarrhea, or vomiting. Babies with COVID-19 might have trouble feeding. There have also been some reports of rashes or other skin symptoms.