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Covid-19 in pregnancy 101 onwards

May 15, 2020

Primary sources. Updated 30 May

In roughly reverse order. Updated regularly. Click here for studies 1-100. Click here for ripe-tomato.org’s Covid-19 in pregnancy navigation page.

30 May update –

Study 136 – 158 cases from New York

Of 158 pregnant women with Covid-19, 34 had moderate or severe disease, 9 received ICU or step down care and 1 required intubation. There were no deaths (click here or Andrikopoulou Green Symptoms_and_Critical_Illness_Among_Obstetric.97341). No baby outcomes reported. Patients were cared for at New York Presbyterian/Columbia University Irving Medical Center,
New York-Presbyterian/Allen Hospital. Cases presumably overlap with those in studies 14, 27, 41 & 95. Citation: Andrikopoulou, Maria; Madden, Nigel; Wen, Timothy; Aubey, Janice J; Aziz, Aleha; Baptiste, Caitlin D;  Breslin, Noelle; D’Alton, Mary E; Fuchs, Karin; Goffman Dena; Gyamfi-Bannerman, Cynthia; Matseoane-Peterssen, Dara N; Miller, Russell S; Sheen, Jean-Ju; Simpson, Lynn L; Sutton, Desmond; Zork, Noelia; Friedman, Alexander M. Symptoms and Critical Illness Among Obstetric Patients With Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19) Infection, Obstet Gynecol May 27, 2020 – doi: 10.1097/AOG.0000000000003996

28 May update – studies 133 to 135 added

Study 135 –  50 cases from New York

Among 307 asymptomatic women tested on admission in labour, 50 were SARS CoV-2 positive (click here or Buckley Mount Sinai AJOGMFM). The women were tested between April 4 & 15, 2020, at two institutions within Mount Sinai Health System in New York. They therefore probably overlap with those in Study 119. Citation: Buckley A, Bianco A, Stone J, Universal testing of patients and their support persons for COVID-19 when presenting for admission to Labor and Delivery within the Mount Sinai Health System, Am J Obstet Gynecol MFM (2020), doi: https://doi.org/10.1016/j.ajogmf.2020.100147.

Study 134 – 125 cases from New York

These authors report further details on 12 pregnant women with severe Covid 19, out of 125 in total (click here or McLaren AJOG PIIS0002937820305676). 7 were delivered by Caesarean, 2 vaginally, and 3 remain undelivered. No mothers died, although one remains in hospital. This is an update on study 113, and again the hospital is presumably Maimonides Medical Center, Brooklyn, NY. Citation: MCLAREN Jr. RA, LONDON V, ATALLAH F, MCCALLA S, HABERMAN S, FISHER N, STEIN JL, MINKOFF HL, Delivery For Respiratory Compromise Among Pregnant Women With COVID-19, Am J Obstet Gynecol (2020), doi: https://doi.org/10.1016/j.ajog.2020.05.035.

Study 133 – 3 cases identified by screening in North Tuscany

By screening 533 women admitted for delivery for SARS-CoV2 between March 26th & April 1st in North Tuscany and Liguria, these authors identified 3 positives, who all gave birth without clinical problems (click here or PIIS0002937820305421). The women birthed in all the 6 hospitals of Azienda USL “Toscana Nord Ovest” (Tuscany), and Gaslini Children’s Hospital (Genoa, Liguria). They have therefore probably not previously been reported. Citation: Gagliardi L, Danieli R, Suriano G, Vaccaro A, Tripodi G, Rusconi F, Ramenghi LA, Universal SARS-CoV-2 testing of pregnant women admitted for delivery in two Italian regions. Am J Obstet Gynecol (2020), doi: https://doi.org/10.1016/j.ajog.2020.05.017.

27 May update – study 132 added (HT @janevandis)

Study 132 – 42 cases from Connecticut

Of 782 women presenting for childbirth between April 2nd & 29th, 2020, 12 had already been diagnosed with Covid-19. Of the remainder 30/770 screened positive, 22 of whom were asymptomatic (click here orjama_campbell_2020_ld_200052). No clinical outcomes reported. No health care workers infected. Patients were cared for in 3 Yale New Haven Health hospitals in southern Connecticut. Citation: Katherine H. Campbell, Jean M. Tornatore, Kirsten E. Lawrence, Jessica L. Illuzzi, L. Scott Sussman, Heather S. Lipkind, Christian M. Pettker. Prevalence of SARS-CoV-2 Among Patients Admitted for Childbirth in Southern Connecticut. JAMA. Published online May 26, 2020. doi:10.1001/jama.2020.8904

26 May update – studies 129 to 131 added.

Study 131 – Anti-SARS-Cov2 IgA antibodies in breast milk of recovering women.

The authors of this not yet peer-reviewed preprint report anti SARS-Cov2 IgA antibodies in breast milk samples from 15 women previously infected with SARS-Cov2 (click here or 2020.05.04.20089995v1.full). No clinical details. The authors, mainly from Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai, New York, report that they have recruited over 350 lactating women who have recovered from COVID-19.  Citation: Alisa Fox, Jessica Marino, Fatima Amanat, Florian Krammer, Jennifer Hahn-Holbrook, Susan Zolla-Pazner, Rebecca L Powell.  Evidence of a significant secretory-IgA-dominant SARS-CoV-2 immune response in human milk following recovery from COVID-19 doi: https://doi.org/10.1101/2020.05.04.20089995

Study 130 – Case report from Amsterdam Medical Centre

A woman developed Covid-19 at 41 weeks gestation (Click here or ajh.25877). She also developed autoimmune throbocytopaenia. The baby was delivered by Caesarean. Citation: Man Wai Tang, Erfan Nur, Bart J. Biemond. Immune Thrombocytopenia during Pregnancy due to COVID-19. Am J Haematol. First published:23 May 2020 https://doi.org/10.1002/ajh.25877

Study 129 – 15 patients from Boston, Massachusetts

Of 213 admitted pregnant women screened by differential white blood count, 15 had Sars-Cov2 (click here or Duffy Green Lymphopenia_and_Severe_Acute_Respiratory_Syndrome.97345 (002)). Three required critical care for hypoxia. No other clinical details. From author affiliations patients were probably cared for in Beth Israel Deaconess Med Center, Harvard Med School, Boston, Mass. Citation: Duffy, Cassandra R. MD, MPH; Hart, Jessica M. MD; Modest, Anna M. PhD; Hacker, Michele R. ScD; Golen, Toni MD; Li, Yunping MD, MSc; Zera, Chloe MD, MPH; Shainker, Scott A. DO, MS; Mehrotra, Preeti MD, MPH; Zash, Rebecca MD; Wylie, Blair J. MD, MPH Lymphopenia and Severe Acute Respiratory Syndrome Coronavirus 2 (SARS-CoV-2) Infection Among Hospitalized Obstetric Patients, Obstetrics & Gynecology: May 19, 2020 – Volume Publish Ahead of Print – Issue – doi: 10.1097/AOG.0000000000003984

25 May update – studies 127-8 added.

Study 128 – 13 patients from North East Flanders

Of 470 pregnant women screened, 13 tested positive for SARS-Cov2, 8 were asymptomatic 4 had mild upper airway symptoms, and one respiratory symptoms. None developed severe disease (click here or Ceulemans Flanders uog.22099 (1)) The hospitals caring for the four patients are unnamed but shown on a map. Citation: D. Ceulemans, I. Thijs, A. Schreurs, J. Vercammen, L. Lannoo, J. Deprest, J. Richter, L. De Catte, R. Devlieger. Screening for COVID-19 at childbirth: does it deliver? Ultrasound Obstet Gynecol. In press.

Study 127 – SARS-CoV-2 in human breastmilk

Breast milk from two nursing mothers infected with SARS-CoV-2 was tested. Samples from one woman were positive (click here or PIIS0140673620311818). Where the patients were cared for, was not reported. The authors came from Ulm in Germany. Citation: Rüdiger Groß, Carina Conzelmann, Janis A Müller, Steffen Stenger, Karin Steinhart, Frank Kirchhoff, Jan Münch. Detection of SARS-CoV-2 in human breastmilk. Lancet. Published online May 21, 2020 https://doi.org/10.1016/S0140-6736(20)31181-8

24 May update

Study 126 – The ISARIC report in the BMJ

Among 20,133 patients admitted to hospital with covid-19 in the UK, 100/1033 (10%) women of childbearing age, were reported as being pregnant (click here or bmj.m1985.full). This is similar to the estimated proportion of pregnant women in the community. Pregnancy was not associated with mortality. This is an update of study 68. Citation: Docherty Annemarie B, Harrison Ewen M, Green Christopher A, Hardwick Hayley E, Pius Riinu, Norman Lisa et al. Features of 20 133 UK patients in hospital with covid-19 using the ISARIC WHO Clinical Characterisation Protocol: prospective observational cohort study. BMJ 2020; 369 :m1985

23 May update – studies 121-125 added

Study 125 – 60 cases from Madrid

Of 60 pregnant women with COVID-19 (click here or aogs.13921), 18 had pneumonia, 2 severely. One woman was admitted to ICU. No mothers died. Of 23 women delivered, 5 were by cesarean and 18 vaginally. Two delivered preterm. All 23 babies tested negative, and 21 were breast fed. Two babies were admitted to NICU for other reasons. No babies died. The patients were all were treated at Puerta de Hierro University Hospital Madrid, Spain from March 14th to April 14th, 2020. Citation: Pereira, A., Cruz‐Melguizo, S., Adrien, M., Fuentes, L., Marin, E. and Perez‐Medina, T. (2020), Clinical course of Coronavirus Disease‐2019 (COVID‐19) in pregnancy. Acta Obstet Gynecol Scand. Accepted Author Manuscript. doi:10.1111/aogs.13921

Study 124 – 16 cases from Chicago

Fourteen patients delivered at term, 1 at 34 weeks, & 1 at 16-weeks (click here or aqaa089). No mothers admitted to ITU. No mother or baby deaths. No baby infections. The cases were identified  via a search of placental pathology records. Where the women were cared for is not recorded, but from author affiliation and a footnote probably includes Prentice Women’s Hospital, Northwestern Memorial Hospital and Feinberg School of Medicine, Northwestern University, Chicago. Citation: Elisheva D Shanes, Leena B Mithal, Sebastian Otero, Hooman A Azad, Emily S Miller, Jeffery A Goldstein. Placental Pathology in COVID-19, Am J Clin Pathol. aqaa089, https://doi.org/10.1093/ajcp/aqaa089 Published: 22 May 2020

Study 123 – 16 cases from Michigan

Two patients received oxygen via nasal cannula, none were admitted to ITU. There were 8 vaginal births (one preterm) and 2 Caesareans. No babies were infected. Six women remain undelivered    (click here or Qadri Michigan Pregnancy affected by SARS CoV 2 infection a flash report…). Citation: Farnoosh Qadri & Federico Mariona (2020) Pregnancy affected by SARS-CoV-2 infection: a flash report from Michigan. J Mat-Fetal & Neonatal Med. DOI: 10.1080/14767058.2020.1765334

Study 122 – Response of Northwell Health to Covid-19 in pregnancy

A detailed description of how a large multi-hospital network in the centre of the New York pandemic organised itself to care for women with Covid-19 in pregnancy (click here or Rochelson [16193997 – Journal of Perinatal Medicine] New York). No patient numbers or details. Citation: Burton Rochelson, Michael Nimaroff, Adriann Combs, Benjamin Schwartz, Natalie Meirowitz, Nidhi Vohra, Victor R. Klein, Orlando Santandreu, Mitchell Kramer, Navid Mootabar, Eli Serur, Lisa Spiryda, Scott Berlin. Frank Chervenak. The Care of Pregnant Women During the COVID-19 Pandemic – Response of a Large Health System in Metropolitan New York. J Perinat Med. 2020 May 20;/j/jpme.ahead-of-print/jpm-2020-0175/jpm-2020-0175.xml. doi: 10.1515/jpm-2020-0175. Online ahead of print.

Study 121 – One week’s screening in Los Angeles.

The Cedars-Sinai Medical Center, Los Angeles, California screened 82 pregnant women over a one week period (click here or Severe_Acute_Respiratory_Syndrome_Coronavirus_2.97344). None of the 80 asymptomatic women tested positive but one of two symptomatic ones did. No further details reported. Citation: Mariam Naqvi, Richard M Burwick, John A Ozimek, Naomi H Greene, Sarah J Kilpatrick, Melissa S Wong. Severe Acute Respiratory Syndrome Coronavirus 2 (SARS-CoV-2) Universal Testing Experience on a Los Angeles Labor and Delivery Unit. Obstet Gynecol. In press.

21 May update – studies 116-120 added.

Study 120 – 191 women from the Netherlands Covid-19 registry

This 14 May update of NethOSS (click here), accessed 21 May 2020, contains the following. 6/156 women with brief additional details were admitted to intensive care; one remains there. One mother had a molar pregnancy and one a miscarriage. 47 women have given birth, 16 by Caesarean. 109 pregnancies are ongoing. No mother or baby has died. No babies were infected. Citation: See Studies 42 and 46. Available here. Accessed 21 May. Note: we probably missed some intermediate updates from this registry.

Study 119 – 24 cases identified by screening in New York

24/155 asymptomatic women screened for SARS-COV-2 prior to a planned delivery, tested positive (click here or Bianco Green Testing_of_Patients_and_Support_Persons_for.97342). All their newborns were tested and none were positive. No maternal outcomes were reported. The patients were all cared for in the Mount Sinai Health system between April 4th and 15th. From author affiliations this was Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai Hospital. These cases may therefore overlap with some in study 86. Citation: Bianco, Angela; Buckley, Ayisha B; Overbey, Jessica; Smilen, Scott; Wagner, Brian; Dinglas, Cheryl; Loudon, Holly; Garely, Alan; Brodman, Michael; Stone, Joanne. Testing of Patients and Support Persons for Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19) Infection Before Scheduled Deliveries, Obstetrics & Gynecology: May 19, 2020 – Volume Publish Ahead of Print – Issue – doi: 10.1097/AOG.0000000000003985

Study 118 – a maternal death from New York

A 36-year-old woman developed Covid-19 at 37 weeks gestation (click here or Vallejo Green A_Postpartum_Death_Due_to_Coronavirus_Disease_2019.97350). Within three hours of admission she required intubation and Caesarean, and she died within 36 hours. The baby tested negative and survived. The hospital is not named, and she was not transferred. From the author affiliations it was either Dept OBGYN, Urban Health Plan, Inc., Bronx, or Division of Maternal-Fetal Med, Dept OBGYN, Weill Cornell Medicine, New York. Citation: Victoria Vallejo, John G. Ilagan. A Postpartum Death Due to Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19) in the United States. Obstet Gynecol 2020;00:1–4 DOI: 10.1097/AOG.0000000000003950

Study 117 – 77 cases from 12 Italian hospitals

From Feb 23 to March 28th, 14/77 women with Covid-19 were severely affected, and one required ECMO (click here or Savasi Green Clinical_Findings_and_Disease_Severity_in.97347). 57 gave birth, 22 by Caesarean. Four newborns tested positive for SARS-COV-2, but none had symptoms. 20 pregnancies are ongoing. No mothers or babies died. The 12 hospitals L. Sacco (Milan), Mangiagalli (Milan), S. Gerardo MBBM Foundation (Monza), Papa Giovanni XXIII (Bergamo), and San Matteo (Pavia) and the hospitals of Padua, Florence, Lecco, Trento, Modena, Seriate and Piacenza. These are the same hospitals as studies 33 & 64. The patients probably overlap. Citation: Valeria M. Savasi, Francesca Parisi, Luisa Patanè, Enrico Ferrazzi, Luigi Frigerio, Antonio Pellegrino, Arsenio Spinillo, Saverio Tateo, Mariacristina Ottoboni, Paola Veronese, Felice Petraglia, Patrizia Vergani, Fabio Facchinetti, Donata Spazzini, Irene Cetin. Clinical Findings and Disease Severity in Hospitalized Pregnant Women With Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19). Obstet Gynecol in press. 

Study 116 – A “universal testing in pregnancy” series from Chicago

Northwestern Memorial Hospital, tested a consecutive series of 635 pregnant women admitted between April 8th & 28th, 2020. Of these 23 (3.6%) tested positive for SARS-CoV-2, of whom 10 (44%) were asymptomatic on presentation (click here or Miller NorthWestern Clinical_Implications_of_Universal_Severe_Acute.9734…). No maternal or baby outcomes were reported. Citation: Emily S. Miller, William A. Grobman, Allie Sakowicz, Jessica Rosati, Alan M. Peaceman. Clinical Implications of Universal Severe Acute Respiratory Syndrome Coronavirus 2 (SARS-CoV-2) Testing in Pregnancy. Obstet Gynecol. In press.

20 May update Studies 113 (HT Fred Peret. We’d missed it!) to 115 added

Study 115 – Case report of Covid-19 & severe pre-eclampsia

A 26-year-old with Covid-19 at 37 weeks gestation also had severe pre-eclampsia (click here or AJOGMFM-20-1073 ). She was treated with magnesium sulphate and delivered vaginally. The baby tested negative. Both recovered. From author affiliations likely cared for at Stanford University Hospital. Citation: Noor Joudi, Andrea Henkel, W. Scott Lock, Dierdre Lyell, Preeclampsia Treatment in SARS-CoV-2. Am J Obstet Gynecol. In press. 

Study 114 – 22 women from Bergamo, Italy

Of 22 women with Covid-19 in pregnancy two neonates tested positive, one born vaginally and one by caesarean. Both did well. Their placental histology is described (click here or AJOGMF-20-1112). No other mother or baby details are given. The women were cared for between March 5, & April 21, 2020 at Papa Giovanni XXIII Hospital, Bergamo, in the Lombardy region of Italy, so the women were probably also reported in study 32 & study 64.

Study 113 – 68 SARS-Cov-2 positive pregnant women  from New York

46 had Covid-19 and a further 22 asymptomatic women tested positive for SARS-Cov-2 (click here or s-0040-1712164). 12 women had severe disease, one requiring ventilation. There was one intrauterine death at 17 weeks but otherwise no mothers or babies died. All babies tested negative. 12 pregnancies are ongoing.  Women were cared for at a tertiary care hospital in Brooklyn, from March 15 to April 15, 2020. From author affiliations probably Maimonides Medical Center, Brooklyn, NY. If so, they have not been previously reported.  Citation: Viktoriya London, Rodney McLaren Jr., Fouad Atallah, Catherine Cepeda, Sandra McCalla, Nelli Fisher, Janet L. Stein, Shoshana Haberman, Howard Minkoff. The Relationship between Status at Presentation and Outcomes among Pregnant Women with COVID-19. Am J Perinatol. DOI https://doi.org/10.1055/s-0040-1712164. ISSN 0735-1631. Online April 27, 2020

19 May update – studies 108 to 112 added.

Study 112 – Case report from Nashville, Tennessee

A 35-year-old developed Covid-19 at 22 weeks gestation requiring intubation & ventilation (click here or  1-s2.0-S2214911220300515-main). She recovered and the pregnancy is ongoing. U Tennessee Health Science Center has not previously reported cases. Citation: J. Anderson, J. Schauer, S. Bryant, et al., The use of convalescent plasma therapy and remdesivir in the successful management of a critically ill obstetric patient with novel coronavirus 2019 infection: A case report. Case Rep Women’s Health (2020), https://doi.org/10.1016/j.crwh.2020.e00221

Study 111 – Case report from Livingstone, New Jersey

A 39-year-old woman, with IVF twins developed Covid-19 at 27 weeks of gestation (click here or 1-s2.0-S2214911220300503-main). She required ventilation and then an emergency classical Cesarean section a the bedside due to rapid deterioration.  She recovered. One twin was infected, but both survived. She was cared for in Saint Barnabas Medical Center, Livingston, New Jersey, which has not previously reported a case.  Citation:  H. Mehta, S. Ivanovic, A. Cronin, et al., Novel coronavirus related acute respiratory distress syndrome in a patient with twin pregnancy: A case report. Case Rep Women’s Health (2020), https://doi.org/10.1016/j.crwh.2020.e00220

Study 110 – Case report from Thailand

A 43-year-old with mild Covid-19 at 18 weeks gestation (click here or Panichaya Thailand PIIS0301211520303134). Amniocentesis done a week earlier showed trisomy 21, & the pregnancy was terminated. Placental & fetal swabs were negative. Citation: Panichaya P, Thaweerat W, Uthaisan J. Prolonged viral persistence in COVID-19 second trimester pregnant patient, Eur J Obstet & Gynecology & Reprod Biol (2020), doi: https://doi.org/10.1016/j.ejogrb.2020.05.030

Study 109 – 4 women from Parma, Italy

Four women with Covid-19 recovered and later delivered healthy term neonates (click here or Acta BioMed Parma 9743-Article Text-49126-2-10-20200514). They were cared for in Parma Hospital, in the Emilia-Romagna (not Lombardy) region of Italy. Citation: Serafina Perrone, Michela Deolmi, Maurizio Giordano, Tiziana D’Alvano, Lucia Gambini, Mara Corradi, Tiziana Frusca, Tullio Ghi, Susanna Esposito. Report of a series of healthy term newborns from convalescent mothers with COVID-19. Acta Biomed 2020; Vol. 91, N. 2: 251-255 DOI: 10.23750/abm.v91i2.9743

Study 108 – 27 cases from Central Hospital of Wuhan

These 27 women with Covid-19 in pregnancy included 4 early pregnancies. They delivered 24 babies (1 set of twins) (click here or Yang Wuhan arpa.2020-0232-sa). They were cared for at “Central Hospital of Wuhan, Tongji Medical College, Huazhong University of Science and Technology in Wuhan” between Jan 20 & Mar 19, 2020.  Assuming this is Central Hospital of Wuhan, grid.440160.7 these cases likely overlap with studies 39 and 73. They are probably also included in studies 55 & 57. Citation: Hui Yang, Bin Hu, Sudong Zhan, Li-ye Yang, Guoping Xiong. Effects of SARS-CoV-2 infection on pregnant women and their infants: A retrospective study in Wuhan, China. Arch Pathol Lab Med. In press. doi: 10.5858/arpa.2020-0232-SA

18 May update – studies 105 to 107 added

Study 107 – Maternal death in Birmingham, UK

A 29-year-old woman with severe Covid-19 was delievered by Caesareran section at Birmingham Heartlands Hospital at 31 weeks gestation (click here or Mat Death Bham BrJH bjh.16849). The baby tested negative and is doing well. The mother intially improved and was extubated on day 2 post natal. However on day 6 she developed basilar artery thrombosis, and she died on day 7. Case presumably included in study 92 UKOSS. Citation: Irshad Ahmed, Ahamed Azhar, Nashwa Eltaweel, Bee K Tan. First Covid-19 maternal mortality in the UK associated with thrombotic complications. In press. doi: 10.1111/bjh.16849

Study 106 – 2 cases from Reading, UK

Two women with severe Covid-19 were treated at the Royal Berkshire Hospital (click here or Cooke Reading PIIS0301211520302761 (002). Both were preterm (28+4, 28+6 days) and required Caesarean for deteriorating maternal condition. Both mothers recovered. One baby had a perforated bowel but both eventually recovered. Presumably both cases were included in study 92 UKOSS. Citation: Cooke WR, Billett A, Gleeson S, Jacques A, Place K, Siddall J, Walden A, Soulsby K. SARS-CoV-2 infection in very preterm pregnancy: experiences from two cases, Eur J Obstet Gynecol & Reprod Biol (2020), doi: https://doi.org/10.1016/j.ejogrb.2020.05.025

Study 105 – 12 cases from from Hospital Pedro Hispano, Portugal

All 123 pregnant women admitted to Hospital Pedro Hispano in Porto between March 25 & April 15 were tested for SARS-CoV-2. 12 were positive, of whom 11 were asymptomatic, 10 have delivered, 6 by
cesarean section and 4 vaginally. There was one set of twins. There were no maternal complications and all the newborns tested negative (click here or Doria N Portugal PIIS0301211520303122 (002) This series may include the cases in study 74 & study 94. Citation: D´oria M, Peixinho C, Laranjo M, Varejao AM, Silva PT. Covid-19 during pregnancy: a case series from an universally tested population from the north of Portugal. Eur J Obstet Gynecol & Reprod Biol (2020). doi: https://doi.org/10.1016/j.ejogrb.2020.05.029

16 May update – Study 104 added

Study 104 – ICNARC 15th May update

The 15th May ICNARC update (click here or ICNARC COVID-19 report 2020-05-15.pdf) contains 23 currently, and 32 recently, pregnant women critically ill with Covid-19. Of these 9 and 16 respectively had received advanced respiratory support.

Study 103 – Case report from Toronto, Ontario

A 40-year-old woman developed Covid-19 at 35 weeks gestation and was delivered by Caesarean (click here or cmaj.200821.full). The baby tested positive on the day of birth, breast fed and had some minor feeding difficulties, but eventually thrived. Citation: Maksim Kirtsman, Yenge Diambomba, Susan M. Poutanen, Ann K. Malinowski, Evangelia Vlachodimitropoulou, W. Tony Parks, Laura Erdman, Shaun K. Morris, Prakesh S. Shah. Probable congenital SARS-CoV-2 infection in a neonate born to a woman with active SARS-CoV-2 infection  CMAJ 2020. doi: 10.1503/cmaj.200821; early-released May 14, 2020 (HT Jon Dorling & Don Sharkey).

Study 102 – 46 patients from Washington State, USA

Of 46 pregnant women with SARS-CoV-2, 43 were symptomatic, 7 hospitalized, 6 categorised as severe, and 1 admitted to ICU (click here or Lokken-AJOG). Eight women delivered, 5 vaginal, 3 Caesarean. All mothers survived. There were 7 livebirths & one stillbirth at 38 weeks. That fetus tested negative.  One baby was preterm. No further baby details were given. 38 pregnancies are ongoing. The women were cared for in 16 hospitals: University of Washington Hospital system (Montlake, Northwest, & Harborview campuses), Swedish Medical Center (First Hill, Ballard, Issaquah and Edmonds campuses), University of Washington Valley Medical Center, MultiCare Health System (Auburn Medical Center, Covington Medical Center, Tacoma General Hospital, Good Samaritan Hospital, Valley Hospital and Deaconess Hospital), Evergreen Health Medical Center, and PeaceHealth-St. Joseph’s Medical Center. Citation: Erica M. LOKKEN et al. Clinical Characteristics of 46 Pregnant Women with a SARS-CoV-2 Infection in Washington State. Am J Obstet Gynecol. in press. 

Study 101 – Case report from Tabriz, Iran

A 33-year-old woman with severe Covid-19 at 34 weeks gestation was treated at Imam Reza hospital of Tabriz (click here or Taghizadieh Iran 1-s2.0-S2213007120302306-main). She required intubation, ventilation, renal dialysis & delivery by Caesarean. The baby tested negative & was in good health. The mother remains intubated but is recovering. The clinical details differ sufficiently from the two women who survived in study 67 to make it likely that this is a previously unreported case. Citation: Taghizadieh A, Mikaeili H, Ahmadi M, Valizadeh H, Acute kidney injury in pregnant women following SARS-CoV-2 infection: A case report from Iran, Respiratory Medicine Case Reports (2020), doi: https://doi.org/10.1016/j.rmcr.2020.101090.

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