Perinatal aspects on the covid-19 pandemic: a practical resource for perinatal–neonatal specialists

Francis Mimouni, Satyan Lakshminrusimha, Stephen A. Pearlman, Tonse Raju, Patrick G. Gallagher, Joseph Mendlovic

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Abstract

Background: Little is known about the perinatal aspects of COVID-19. Objective: To summarize available evidence and provide perinatologists/neonatologists with tools for managing their patients. Methods: Analysis of available literature on COVID-19 using Medline and Google scholar. Results: From scant data: vertical transmission from maternal infection during the third trimester probably does not occur or likely it occurs very rarely. Consequences of COVID-19 infection among women during early pregnancy remain unknown. We cannot conclude if pregnancy is a risk factor for more severe disease in women with COVID-19. Little is known about disease severity in neonates, and from very few samples, the presence of SARS-CoV-2 has not been documented in human milk. Links to websites of organizations with updated COVID-19 information are provided. Infographics summarize an approach to the pregnant woman or neonate with suspected or confirmed COVID-19. Conclusions: As the pandemic continues, more data will be available that could lead to changes in current knowledge and recommendations.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)820-826
Number of pages7
JournalJournal of Perinatology
Volume40
Issue number5
DOIs
StatePublished - May 1 2020

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Pediatrics, Perinatology, and Child Health
  • Obstetrics and Gynecology

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