27 March 2020

Expert statement: Coronavirus and pregnancy Dr. Cesar Diaz Garcia: “The data reinforces the idea that there is no vertical mother-to-child transmission”

Medical Director
Cesar Diaz-Garcia
MD PhD Assoc Prof
IVI London


London, 27 March 2020

The spread of Coronavirus (COVID-19) has led to a global social warning as it afflicts different population groups and raises particular concern among pregnant women regarding the effects of this disease on them and their future babies.

“It is clear that more and more countries and people are being affected by this virus, a situation that is disturbing the social strata and forcing the creation of protocols to curb the transmission of this virus as much as possible. These are agitated times and, given the circumstances, we must remain calm and pay attention to the scientific evidence that will help us to tackle Coronavirus and its effects with the greatest objectivity, without losing sight of the proven consequences, and limiting the reliability of unproven hypotheses”, said Dr Cesar Diaz Garcia, Medical Director of IVI London.

In this regard, and following the publication of one of the first studies on the relationship between Coronavirus and pregnancy, the conclusions of which have been published in The Lancet, it should be noted that:

  • At the moment, it has not been scientifically proven that pregnant women are more susceptible to infection from Coronavirus, so it is recommended to follow the same steps to prevent infection as those defined for the rest of the population.
  • To date, there is no evidence of the transmission of this type of viral infection through assisted reproduction treatments.
  • Published articles and case studies show that there is no vertical mother-to-child transmission of COVID-19. In addition, neither the prognosis of the pregnancy nor of the patients was worse compared to infected non-pregnant women.

“It is important to stay calm since although the evolution of Coronavirus causes uncertainty and insecurity, the truth is that neither patients in reproductive treatment nor pregnant women in the third trimester of pregnancy have so far shown risks for the evolution of the process and condition of their future baby”, added Dr Diaz. “However, we must be cautious, given that current information is scarce, without losing sight of the fact that for a pregnant woman any virus that may affect the lower respiratory tract is a risk for her and her pregnancy,” he concluded.

How to prevent infection by COVID-19?:

  • Wash your hands frequently.
  • Cover your mouth with your bent elbow or with a tissue when you cough and sneeze.
  • Avoid touching your eyes, nose and mouth with your hands.
  • With the appearance of any symptoms, avoid close contact with other people.

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