SARS-CoV2 and pregnancy: An invisible enemy?

Sonam Verma, Ebony B. Carter, Indira U. Mysorekar

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Coronavirus disease 2019 or COVID-19 is an emerging viral disease caused by a member of the betacoronavirus family, SARS-CoV-2. Since its' emergence in December 2019, it has rapidly caused close to half a million fatalities globally. Data regarding the impact of COVID-19 on pregnancy are limited. Here, we review pathological findings in placentas from women who tested positive for SARS-CoV-2 as well as information on pregnancy outcomes associated with related and highly pathogenic coronaviruses (ie, severe acute respiratory syndrome (SARS-COV) and the Middle East respiratory syndrome, MERS). We present immune-inflammatory correlates of COVID-19 in pregnancy and review the role of the Renin Angiotensin System in the pathogenesis of COVID-19 in pregnancy. Greater understanding of the pathogenesis of SARS-CoV-2 in the placenta will yield important insight into potential therapeutic interventions for pregnant women with COVID-19.

Original languageEnglish
Article numbere13308
JournalAmerican Journal of Reproductive Immunology
Issue number5
StatePublished - Nov 1 2020


  • ACE2
  • AT1
  • COVID-19
  • placenta
  • pre-eclampsia
  • renin-angiotensin system


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