In short, yes, simply because pregnancy itself is designated high risk for the Tampa sports Tampa Bay Rays Tampa Bay Lightning Tampa Bay Buccaneers shirt, sweashirt development of severe disease, hospitalization, and even death, says Leftwich. “The MMWR [Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention] estimated that pregnant women are at three times higher risk for requiring admission to an ICU or requiring a ventilator [because of COVID-19] and that their risk of death is about 70% higher than their nonpregnant peers,” adds Fradin. That risk is compounded for pregnant women of color. The maternal death rate for black mothers is already double the rate of white mothers, and nationally Black and Latina women are disproportionately affected by COVID-19 during pregnancy. So grave are the concerns around COVID-19 and maternal mortality that legislation to address the issue was introduced this year by Massachusetts senator Elizabeth Warren and Representative Lauren Underwood of Illinois.