ROP Breaking News: COVID in Pregnancy - May 10, 2020 Updates
Penny Wilson, MD and Heidi James, MD
- The risk of COVID-19 to pregnant women is probably similar to the general age-matched population, but we know now that maternal mortality is not zero, so this virus should not be underestimated.
- Vertical transmission is still not conclusively shown but we have more indications from positive placental and amniotic fluid samples that it might be possible.
- Unsurprisingly, the mortality risk to the fetus or newborn appears to correlate with the severity of the maternal illness.
- Rates of asymptomatic carriage may be 8 or 9 times higher than symptomatic patients, so health services need to take that into account when considering screening and isolation policies.
- Keeping baby with mom and breastfeeding appears to be safe if appropriate precautions are taken.
- Don’t forget the PPE!
Maternal Death Due to COVID-19 Disease
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Universal Screening for SARS-CoV-2 in Women Admitted for Delivery
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SARS-CoV-2 in pregnancy: symptomatic pregnant women are only the tip of the 2 iceberg
Accepted Manuscript - American Journal of Obstetrics & Gynecology www.ajog.org
Unlikely SARS-CoV-2 vertical transmission from mother to child: A case report
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SARS-CoV-2 Is Not Detectable in the Vaginal Fluid of Women With Severe COVID-19 Infection
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Second-Trimester Miscarriage in a Pregnant Woman With SARS-CoV-2 Infection
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Detection of SARS-COV-2 in Placental and Fetal Membrane Samples
Accepted Manuscript - American Journal of Obstetrics & Gynecology MFM
Novel Coronavirus 2019 (COVID-19) - ACOG Practice Advisory
COVID‐19 vaginal delivery – a case report
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