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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.
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.

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