Sumary of COVID-19 linked to newborn complications:
- There has been a considerable amount of controversy surrounding whether pregnant women with the coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) are at a higher risk for poor outcomes for themselves and their babies.
- com Background The severe acute respiratory syndrome coronavirus (SARS-CoV-2) has infected over 239 million people worldwide and caused the deaths of over 4.8 million.
- Early on in the pandemic, pregnancy was deemed a high-risk condition for COVID-19, with public health officials recommending these individuals to shelter in isolation.
- Pregnancy is associated with a higher than usual toll due to respiratory illness.
- Respiratory viruses may therefore cause severe illness in pregnancy, which impacts the fetus as well.
- The current study, which was published in The Journal of Maternal-Fetal and Neonatal Medicine, discusses the risk of COVID-19-induced severe maternal illness in pregnant women who develop symptomatic illness in the third trimester.
- Study findings The current study was conducted at Israel’s Mayanei Hayeshua Medical Center and included women between 18-50 years with a single term gestation who were screened for SARS-CoV-2 infection.
- The rates of respiratory distress syndrome and transient tachypnea of the newborn were also higher in this group.