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American Journal of Medical Sciences and Medicine. 2020, 8(4), 149-152
DOI: 10.12691/ajmsm-8-4-2
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Intrauterine Vertical Transmission of SARS-CoV-2. What do We Learn from Evolving Literature so Far?

Simon Byonanuwe1, , Robinson Ssebuufu1, Yarine Fajardo1 and Emmanuel Nzabandora1

1Faculty of Clinical Medicine and Dentistry, Kampala International University, Uganda

Pub. Date: August 19, 2020

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Simon Byonanuwe, Robinson Ssebuufu, Yarine Fajardo and Emmanuel Nzabandora. Intrauterine Vertical Transmission of SARS-CoV-2. What do We Learn from Evolving Literature so Far?. American Journal of Medical Sciences and Medicine. 2020; 8(4):149-152. doi: 10.12691/ajmsm-8-4-2


Severe acute respiratory syndrome coronavirus 2 (SARS-CoV-2) remains at every one’s toes all over the world with every aspect of life affected. Infection reports of SARS-CoV-2 in pregnancy seem to be on the raise in certain parts of the world. There is an apparent concern of possibility of intrauterine vertical transmission of this pathogen. This review aimed to analyze what is in the scientific literature so far in regard to the possibility of intrauterine vertical transmission of SARS-CoV-2 so as to offer suggestions that might contribute to future research and awareness of possible intrauterine transmission of SARS-CoV-2. It was noted that although seemingly sporadic, the published cases so far call for urgent need for a standard protocol for diagnosis of intrauterine vertical transmission of SARS-CoV-2, clear understanding of the mechanisms and risk factors for the transmission, as well as efforts towards ensuring accessibility of the necessary diagnostics for suspected intrauterine infections.

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