Maternal transmission of SARS‐COV‐2 to the neonate, and possible routes for such transmission: A systematic review and critical analysis

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Early reports of COVID‐19 in pregnancy described management by caesarean, strict isolation of the neonate and formula feeding, is this practice justified?


To estimate the risk of the neonate becoming infected with SARS‐COV‐2 by mode of delivery, type of infant feeding and mother‐infant interaction

Search Strategy

Two biomedical databases were searched between September 2019 ‐ June 2020.

Selection Criteria

Case reports or case series of pregnant women with confirmed COVID‐19, where neonatal outcomes were reported.

Data Collection and Analysis

Data was extracted on mode of delivery, infant infection status, infant feeding and mother‐infant interaction. For reported infant infection a critical analysis was performed to evaluate the likelihood of vertical transmission.

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