february 2020 • American Journal of Obstetrics and Gynecology

Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19) and Pregnancy: What obstetricians need to know

Sonja A.Rasmussen, John C.Smulian, John A.Lednicky, Tony S.Wen, Denise J.Jamieson

DOI: 10.1016/j.ajog.2020.02.017


Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19) is an emerging disease with a rapid increase in cases and deaths since its first identification in Wuhan, China, in December 2019. Limited data are available about COVID-19 during pregnancy; however, information on illnesses associated with other highly pathogenic coronaviruses (i.e., severe acute respiratory syndrome (SARS) and the Middle East respiratory syndrome (MERS)) might provide insights into COVID-19’s effects during pregnancy.