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Creighton and CHI Health physicians report on COVID-19 in Grand Island pregnant women

Creighton University archExperts at Creighton University and CHI Health have reported the effect of COVID-19 on pregnant women in Grand Island, Nebraska. Their report sheds further light on the novel coronavirus, about which there are still many questions.

The team included CHI Health clinicians from Grand Island and Omaha: Caron Gray, MD, obstetrician and gynecologist specialist and professor at Creighton’s School of Medicine in Omaha; Heather Taggart, MD, obstetrician and gynecologist specialist with CHI Health in Omaha; David S. Quimby, MD, infectious disease specialist and assistant professor in the School of Medicine; Renuga Vivekanandan, MD, infectious disease specialist and hospital epidemiologist with CHI Health and associate professor in the School of Medicine; Libby Crockett, MD, obstetrician and gynecologist specialist with CHI Health in Grand Island; and Robin Farias-Eisner, MD, PhD, director of Creighton’s Hereditary Cancer Center and gynecologic oncologist specialist with CHI Health in Omaha and professor in the School of Medicine.

The team studied data coming from hospitals in Grand Island, where the surged in the spring, examining cases of pregnant women to learn more about how the virus affects mothers and their babies.

“Of those tested, 23 (pregnant mothers) tested positive and were asymptomatic,” Farias-Eisner says. “As it turns out, they went on to do normal deliveries, and they all recovered, and none of their babies were affected.”

Says Farias-Eisner, “One, it tells us that pregnant women that are asymptomatic can still be positive. Two, it’s helpful to know that positive patients who are pregnant can still have normal deliveries and recover. And lastly, it tells us that positive women that were originally asymptomatic can deliver unaffected babies.”

The clinician team wrote a report based on the observations. The findings are consistent with other similar observations in other COVID-19 hot spots, such as New York City. Farias-Eisner says researchers are still trying to determine whether there can be “vertical transmission” of the virus from mother to child.

“The jury’s still out on that,” he says. “We know we don’t have enough numbers. At least in the Grand Island experience, we know that the babies have not been affected. That’s been fortuitous, but it doesn’t mean that we won’t still find out that’s possible.”

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