COVID-19: what are the physical and mental challenges?
George F Winter gives an overview of the impact of the coronavirus on healthcare workers and pregnant women
The global emergence of COVID-19 a matter of months ago means that while its relatively thin evidence base expands, the need to interpret new findings with caution implies that the science of this agent remains unsettled.
Accepting this caveat, some midwifery related aspects of COVID-19 can be considered. Thus, in their narrative review of 13 studies of COVID-19 risks in pregnancy, Panahi et al (2020) report that the agent can cause fetal distress, miscarriage, respiratory distress and preterm delivery in pregnant women but does not infect newborns, and that the clinical symptoms of COVID-19 are the same in pregnant and non-pregnant women. But although Panahi et al (2020) note that vertical transmission in pregnancy has not been demonstrated, Rasmussen and Jamieson (2020) state that the effects of COVID-19 in early pregnancy are unknown and that no neonates had (at the time of writing) been delivered to women infected in the first and second trimesters of pregnancy.
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