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Women's health and midwifery
COVID-19 and pregnancy outcomes: initial findings show little threat, but more data are needed
  1. Caique Jordan Nunes Ribeiro1,
  2. Shirley Verônica Melo Almeida Lima2,
  3. Allan Dantas dos Santos2
  1. 1 Coordenadoria de Saúde Escolar, Instituto Federal de Educação, Ciência e Tecnologia de Sergipe, São Cristóvão, Sergipe, Brazil
  2. 2 Departamento de Enfermagem de Lagarto, Universidade Federal de Sergipe, Lagarto, Sergipe, Brazil
  1. Correspondence to Caique Jordan Nunes Ribeiro, Instituto Federal de Educacao Ciencia e Tecnologia de Sergipe, São Cristóvão, Sergipe, Brazil; caiquejordan_enf{at}

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Commentary on: Chen H, Guo J, Wang C, et al. Clinical characteristics and intrauterine vertical transmission potential of COVID-19infection in nine pregnant women: a retrospective review of medical records. Lancet 2020 Mar 7;395(10226):809-815.doi: 10.1016/S0140-6736(20)30360-3. Epub 2020 Feb 12

Implications for practice and research

  • Coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) represents a concern about the impacts on health of pregnant women and their fetuses.

  • Repercussions in pregnancy and perinatal health are unclear due to limited data available. Further longitudinal studies are required in order to evaluate the vertical transmission potential and identify pregnancy and perinatal outcomes of COVID-19.


COVID-19 caused by severe acute respiratory syndrome coronavirus 2 (SARS-CoV-2) has been declared by WHO as a global pandemic in March 2020. The disease emerged in Wuhan, Hubei Province, China, but it is rapidly spreading and, to date, there are more than 7 million confirmed cases worldwide.1 Most of reported cases have shown a mild or asymptomatic course of the disease, but …

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  • Provenance and peer review Commissioned; internally peer reviewed.