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Barrero-Castillero A, Beam KS, Bernardini LB, Ramos EGC, Davenport PE, Duncan AR, Fraiman YS, Frazer LC, Healy H, Herzberg EM, Keyes ML, Leeman KT, Leone K, Levin JC, Lin M, Raju RM, Sullivan A; Harvard Neonatal-Perinatal Fellowship COVID-19 Working Group. COVID-19: neonatal-perinatal perspectives. J Perinatol. 2020 Dec 8:1–12. doi: 10.1038/s41372-020-00874-x. Epub ahead of print. PMID: 33293665; PMCID: PMC7721617.

The coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) pandemic, resulting from infection with severe acute respiratory syndrome coronavirus 2 (SARS-CoV-2), has caused severe and widespread illness in adults, including pregnant women, while rarely infecting neonates. An incomplete understanding of disease pathogenesis and viral spread has resulted in evolving guidelines to reduce transmission from infected mothers to neonates. Fortunately, the risk of neonatal infection via perinatal/postnatal transmission is low when recommended precautions are followed. However, the psychosocial implications of these practices and racial/ethnic disparities highlighted by this pandemic must also be addressed when caring for mothers and their newborns. This review provides a comprehensive overview of neonatal-perinatal perspectives of COVID-19, ranging from the basic science of infection and recommendations for care of pregnant women and neonates to important psychosocial, ethical, and racial/ethnic topics emerging as a result of both the pandemic and the response of the healthcare community to the care of infected individuals.

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