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Perinatal aspects on the covid-19 pandemic: a practical resource for perinatal-neonatal specialists.
- Author(s): Mimouni, Francis;
- Lakshminrusimha, Satyan;
- Pearlman, Stephen A;
- Raju, Tonse;
- Gallagher, Patrick G;
- Mendlovic, Joseph
- et al.
Published Web Locationhttps://doi.org/10.1038/s41372-020-0665-6
BackgroundLittle is known about the perinatal aspects of COVID-19.
ObjectiveTo summarize available evidence and provide perinatologists/neonatologists with tools for managing their patients.
MethodsAnalysis of available literature on COVID-19 using Medline and Google scholar.
ResultsFrom 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.
ConclusionsAs the pandemic continues, more data will be available that could lead to changes in current knowledge and recommendations.
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