Coronavirus disease 2019 and pregnancy

American Journal of Obstetrics & Gynecology

What obstetricians need to know.

Emerging infections have been shown to have an important impact on pregnant women and their fetuses, with the increased risk of complications
in pregnant women with the 2009 pandemic H1N1 influenza virus2 and the
severe fetal effects of Zika virus as recent examples. The emergence of a coronavirus not previously seen in humans, first reported in Wuhan, China, on Dec. 31, 2019, has attracted much interest throughout the world. Since then, the number of reported cases has increased rapidly, with more than 51,800 laboratory-confirmed cases and 1600 deaths as of Feb. 16, 2020.

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Sonja A. Rasmussen, MD, MS; John C. Smulian, MD, MPH; John A. Lednicky, PhD; Tony S. Wen, MD; Denise J. Jamieson, MD, MPH



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