INFECTIOUS DISEASE

Lack of maternal–fetal SARS-CoV-2 transmission

Lancet https://doi.org/10.1016/S0140-6736(20)30360-3 (2020)

The SARS-CoV-2 coronavirus produces the same clinical symptoms in pregnant women as it does other infected people, and there is currently no evidence for vertical transmission.

The recent outbreak of COVID-19 pneumonia, caused by SARS-CoV-2, has been declared a global public-health emergency by the World Health Organization. SARS-CoV-2 is highly infectious, and the disease can lead to death; however, it is unknown whether pregnant women have specific support needs after infection and, in particular, if there is a risk of vertical transmission to unborn children.

Chen et al. studied nine pregnant women with lab-confirmed COVI-19 who were admitted to the Zhongnan Hospital of Wuhan University. They found that their clinical symptoms were similar to those of non-pregnant adults and that there was no indication of vertical transmission to children, although the findings need to be confirmed in a larger study.

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Stower, H. Lack of maternal–fetal SARS-CoV-2 transmission. Nat Med 26, 312 (2020). https://doi.org/10.1038/s41591-020-0810-y

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