Covid-19 Is Killing Hundreds of Pregnant Women and Babies in Brazil – The Wall Street Journal

VITRIA, BrazilTassa Souza, an advertising manager, wasnt due to give birth until April. But in February she fell so ill with Covid-19 that she struggled to breathe, forcing doctors to deliver her baby son who was pressing up against her disease-ridden lungs.

It was too late. Ms. Souza, an otherwise healthy 30-year-old, died three weeks after the caesarean section. She didnt get to hold her newborn, who was whisked away for fear she would infect him, or say goodbye to her 4-year-old son.

She was so young, I cant make sense of it, said her husband, Victor Silva, a military police officer from this hard-hit coastal city. Our sons will have to grow up without the affection and protection of a mother.

More than a hundred pregnant women are dying from Covid-19 every month in Brazil, more than twice the rate last year, according to government figuresa tragedy researchers largely blame on the P.1 variant of the virus that first emerged in the Amazon and overwhelmed hospitals. In total, more than 800 expectant and postpartum mothers in Brazil have died from the disease since the pandemic began.

At least 1,000 pregnant women have died from complications related to Covid-19 in the Americas, according to an estimate fromthe Pan American Health Organization (PAHO) Tuesday, based on data from 24 countries. Pregnant women in Brazil face the highest risk of dying from the disease in the region, it said.

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