Care of Mother and Neonate during COVID-19 Pandemic for a Healthy Future
COVID-19 caused by coronavirus 2 (SARS-CoV-2) was first time reported in December 2019. The disease has been showing rapid progression to a global pandemic causing profound adverse impact on medical, social, and economic status of the world. Pregnant women and new-borns belong to vulnerable population, who need to be protected. However, currently the impact of this novel virus on the foetus and neonate remains unknown. This article outlines the precautions and steps to be taken by nurses, an important member of the Health Care Team (HCT) before, and during delivery, during and after resuscitation of a neonate born to a COVID-19 mother. More evidence and research work are needed to know the risk of vertical and horizontal transmission of SARS-CoV-2 and its impact on maternal, fetal and neonatal outcomes.
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