Pregnant women may show an increased risk of developing a severe form of viral respiratory infections
There is no scientific data on the susceptibility of pregnant women to the virus. Pregnancy involves changes in the immune system that can increase the risk of getting viral respiratory infections, including SARS-CoV-2. In addition, pregnant women may show an increased risk of developing a severe form of viral respiratory infections. It is recommended, even for pregnant women, to take normal preventive actions to reduce the risk of infection, such as washing your hands often and avoiding contact with sick people.
What are the effects of COVID-19 during pregnancy?
There are no scientific data reported on the effects of COVID-19 during pregnancy. Cases of miscarriage have been observed in the event of infection during pregnancy by other related coronaviruses [SARS-CoV and MERS-CoV] while the presence of high fever during the first trimester of pregnancy may increase the risk of congenital defects.
Can pregnant women with COVID-19 transmit the virus to the fetus or newborn?
From the limited data in the literature, cases of transmission of infection from other coronaviruses (MERS-CoV and SARS-CoV) from mother to child have not been reported. Recent data regarding babies born to mothers with COVID-19 indicate that none of them tested positive. Furthermore, SARS-CoV-2 was not detected in the amniotic fluid.