A systematic review of current data on the possibility of vertical transmission between a pregnant woman with COVID-19 and her baby

Dec 05, 2020
Sébastien Bouley

The aim of this study was to assess the perinatal outcomes of COVID-19 infections during pregnancy as well as the possibility of vertical transmission. The findings of this study may be helpful for clinicians to better understand and screen pregnant patients with COVID-19. Moreover, the outcomes may provide patients with a perspective on whether to continue their pregnancy and select the appropriate delivery mode. In this timely review, we have concluded the following:

  1. Pregnant patients with COVID-19 most commonly present with fever, cough, shortness of breath and dyspnea, most of which have imaging manifestations and normal or decreased white blood cells. Nearly half of the patients have lymphopenia and some have elevated LDH or liver enzymes;
  2. Among the pregnant patients, the risk of intubation and admission to intensive care unit are high;
  3. The risk of premature delivery was high, leading to high risk of admission to NICU and low birthweight of neonates; the rate of cesarean section is also high;
  4. Vertical transmission of SARS-CoV-2 from mother to child is less likely.

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