Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19) and Pregnancy

Aug 12 2020 , India

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As the world confronts coronavirus disease 2019
(COVID-19), an illness caused by yet another emerging
pathogen (severe acute respiratory syndrome coronavirus
2 [SARS-CoV-2]), obstetric care providers are asking
what this means for pregnant women. The global spread
has been swift, and many key questions remain. The
case-fatality rate for persons cared for in the United
States and whether asymptomatic persons transmit the
virus are examples of questions that need to be
answered to inform public health control measures.
There are also unanswered questions specific to pregnant
women, such as whether pregnant women are more
severely affected and whether intrauterine transmission
occurs. Although guidelines for pregnant women from
the American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists
and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention have
been rapidly developed based on the best available
evidence, additional information is critically needed to
inform key decisions, such as whether pregnant health
care workers should receive special consideration,
whether to temporarily separate infected mothers and their newborns, and whether it is safe for infected
women to breastfeed. Some current recommendations
are well supported, based largely on what we know from
seasonal influenza: patients should avoid contact with ill
persons, avoid touching their face, cover coughs and
sneezes, wash hands frequently, disinfect contaminated
surfaces, and stay home when sick. Prenatal clinics
should ensure all pregnant women and their visitors
are screened for fever and respiratory symptoms, and
symptomatic women should be isolated from well
women and required to wear a mask. As the situation
with COVID-19 rapidly unfolds, it is critical that obstetricians
keep up to date.

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