HOUSTON, Texas (KTRK) – A pregnant mother in Houston just can’t escape the effects of COVID-19.
The woman, who wanted to remain anonymous, tells ABC13 that not only did her stepfather die of the virus in August 2020, but also her uncle a month later.
Her 5 year old got the virus in January and last week her one year old got a fever and tested positive.
Shortly afterwards, her 2-year-old daughter also tested positive.
Now, in the 29th week of pregnancy, the mother is fighting the virus herself.
“It’s brutal,” she told Eyewitness News on Thursday.
The mother, who is not vaccinated, said she intended to get the vaccination, but then she became pregnant.
“In my opinion, there aren’t enough tests to say it’s safe,” she said. “From January to now it has not even been nine months to say these kids are fine.”
Dr. Joseph Varon of the United Memorial Medical Center points out recommendations from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and the Food and Drug Administration about vaccinating pregnant women.
“You have been very vocal and stated that pregnant and breastfeeding women should get vaccinated,” he said. “The worst thing you can see is a pregnant woman with COVID.”
According to Memorial Hermann Hospital, 99% of people hospitalized with the virus are not vaccinated, but what they are seeing now is that the hospitalized people are younger than they were before.
40% of hospital admissions are 20, 30 and 40 year olds. That was not the case six months ago.
Older adults were hospitalized in January and February, but this population has now been vaccinated.
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