The University of Louisville Journal of Respiratory Infections


Background: COVID-19 pandemic originated in China in late 2019, the number of cases are increasing with 2,104,346 cases and 116,140 deaths in the United States, as of June 16, 2020. Pregnant women are a vulnerable population in epidemics or Pandemics. This Review is designed to look in detail the severity of COVID-19 in pregnant women in comparison to non-pregnant women of reproductive age.

Methods: Literature search on PubMed, Google Scholar, Lancet, and Web of Science were conducted.

Results: We have found the evidence of increased risk for severe disease and distinctive symptoms among pregnant women diagnosed with COVID-19 as compared to non-pregnant women.

Conclusions: COVID-19 presents in an atypical fashion in pregnant women with comparatively increased severity of symptoms, compared to COVID-19 positive non pregnant women of reproductive age. These findings can help clinicians to recognize the risk posed by COVID-19 in pregnant women.


The author(s) received no specific funding for this work.



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