The University of Louisville Journal of Respiratory Infections


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Introduction: The COVID-19 pandemic originated in China in late 2019; the number of cases is 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 at the severity of COVID-19 in pregnant women compared to non-pregnant women of reproductive age.

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

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

Conclusions: COVID-19 presents in an atypical fashion in pregnant women, with 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.



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