EHS-COVID (70) New Updates on Maternal and Child Health, Nutrition and COVID-19

20 November, 2020

NEW Updates on Maternal and Child Health, Nutrition and COVID-19 ­ excerpts from scientific journal articles ­- 19 November 2020

Dear Colleagues,

We have updated our scientific repository Since our update last week Thursday 12 November 2020, we have added 126 NEW publications.

Click here to view the updated repository

Individual months are located on the right-hand side, and new additions are marked in blue. To find the publication or topic of your interest, you can search in an individual month file using the Ctrl+F keys.

All publications provide emerging evidence related to COVID-19 and

* Child health (from neonates to adolescents)

* Maternal health (pregnant women, women of reproductive age)

* Breastfeeding and Infant feeding

* Nutrition (related to MCH)

Thirty-one new articles discuss COVID-19 and pregnancy. Articles from the last month alone discuss international guidelines for perinatal care during the COVID-19 pandemic, the clinical course and outcomes of COVID-19 in pregnant women, surveys of precautionary practices among pregnant women, and the safety of vaginal delivery in mothers with COVID-19.

Several articles focus on the mental health of pregnant women during the COVID-19 pandemic, examining risk factors for depression, anxiety, and PTSD in pregnant women during this time. Specific topics include the effect of altered delivery plans on rates of postnatal depression, the effect of maternal stress on fetal development, and the importance of continued screening for domestic violence during prenatal visits.

Twelve articles in this update examine current evidence regarding vertical transmission of SARS-CoV-2, exploring maternal and placental defenses against SARS-CoV-2 infection, pathways for infection across the placenta, and the observation of rare lesions seen in the placentas of infected mothers whose newborns were also infected with SARS-CoV-2.

Seventeen articles were added concerning hyperinflammatory syndromes in children, such as MIS-C/PMIS and Kawasaki Disease (KD). Articles discuss associated skin manifestations, consensus-based clinical recommendations for treatment, opportunities for laboratory screening, and the potential role of glycemic monitoring in MIS-C management.

While many articles discuss the clinical course and outcomes of COVID-19 in children, others instead examine the secondary effects of the COVID-19 pandemic on children's health and wellbeing. Articles highlight trends of increased screen time, decreased physical activity, and altered eating habits. Strategies to combat widening educational disparities during school closures are also proposed. While some articles discuss the impact of disrupted vaccination programs, others explore COVID-19 vaccine hesitancy among parents.

This is by no means an exhaustive list! Look out for our next weekly update Thursday, 3 December, 2020 (in two weeks, we will skip one week due to Thanksgiving Holiday in the USA). Currently, we have over 3400 publications in the repository.

We also have a specific repository only on COVID-19, Breastfeeding, Infant Feeding, and Breast Milk. The next update for that will be Friday, 20 November ​(tomorrow). If you know anyone who would benefit from these updates, please let me know.

Happy reading!

Mija Ververs

HIFA profile: Mija Tesse Cora Ververs is a Health Scientist (CDC), Senior Associate (Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health) Johns Hopkins Center for Humanitarian Health, United States.

Email: mververs AT