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Pregnant women with Covid-19 face higher risk of severe illness and death, study says
Pregnant women infected with coronavirus are more likely to become severely ill and die from Covid-19, and they're at increased risk for premature delivery, according to a pair of reports released Monday by the CDC.

Although the overall risk of severe illness or death remains low, CDC researchers found that pregnant women with coronavirus are more likely to need intensive care, ventilation and heart and lung support than non-pregnant women with the virus.

A 13-year-old Missouri boy's last day of school was in late October. He died from Covid-19 days later
An eighth grade student from Missouri passed away from complications related to Covid-19, officials in his school district said.

More El Pasoans have died from COVID-19 than they have from the flu in over a decade
Over 600 El Pasoans have now died of the coronavirus since the city’s first death was reported in April.

... Numbers exclusively received from El Paso’s Department of Public Health show that 212 people died of flu complications in local hospitals from 2005 - 2018.

Internal Documents Reveal COVID-19 Hospitalization Data The Government Keeps Hidden
As coronavirus cases rise swiftly around the country, surpassing both the spring and summer surges, health officials brace for a coming wave of hospitalizations and deaths. Knowing which hospitals in which communities are reaching capacity could be key to an effective response to the growing crisis. That information is gathered by the federal government — but not shared openly with the public.

NPR has obtained documents that give a snapshot of data the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services collects and analyzes daily. The documents — reports sent to agency staffers — highlight trends in hospitalizations and pinpoint cities nearing full hospital capacity and facilities under stress. They paint a granular picture of the strain on hospitals across the country that could help local citizens decide when to take extra precautions against COVID-19.

Withholding this information from the public and the research community is a missed opportunity to help prevent outbreaks and even save lives, say public health and data experts who reviewed the documents for NPR.

"At this point, I think it's reckless. It's endangering people," says Ryan Panchadsaram, co-founder of the website COVID Exit Strategy and a former data official in the Obama administration. "We're now in the third wave, and I think our only way out is really open, transparent and actionable information."