Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19) and pregnancy: what obstetricians need to know

Coronavirus disease 2019 is an emerging disease with a rapid increase in cases and deaths since its first identification in Wuhan, China, in December 2019. Limited data are available about coronavirus disease 2019 during pregnancy; however, information on illnesses associated with other highly pathogenic coronaviruses (ie, severe acute respiratory syndrome and the Middle East respiratory syndrome) might provide insights into coronavirus disease 2019’s effects during pregnancy. Coronaviruses cause illness ranging in severity from the common cold to severe respiratory illness and death. Currently the primary epidemiologic risk factors for coronavirus disease 2019 include travel from mainland China (especially Hubei Province) or close contact with infected individuals within 14 days of symptom onset. Data suggest an incubation period of w5 days (range, 2e14 days). Average age of hospitalized patients has been 49e56 years, with a third to half with an underlying illness. Children have been rarely reported. Men were more frequent among hospitalized cases (54e73%).

Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19) and pregnancy: what obstetricians need to know
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