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N.Y. universal testing: Many COVID-19+ pregnant women are asymptomatic

Key clinical point: Universal COVID-19 testing for pregnant women entering hospitals for delivery could better protect patients and staff.

Major finding: Approximately 88% of 33 pregnant women who tested positive for COVID-19 infection at hospital admission were asymptomatic; about 14% of the 215 women overall tested positive for the novel coronavirus.

Study details: The data come from a review of 215 pregnant women who delivered infants between March 22 and April 4, 2020, in New York City.

Disclosures: The authors had no financial conflicts to disclose.


Sutton D et al. N Engl J Med. 2020 Apr 13. doi: 10.1056/NEJMc2009316.