Coronavirus and Pregnancy: The Challenges of the 21st Century: A Review

Front Microbiol. 2022 Jul 13:13:923546. doi: 10.3389/fmicb.2022.923546. eCollection 2022.


Despite many advances in medicine we are still faced with emerging pathogens. Pregnant women have been disproportionately affected by previous coronavirus outbreaks. The COVID-19 pandemic has not affected pregnant women as greatly as SARS-CoV and MERS, but has posed other challenges such as the need for quarantine and isolation, limited access to antenatal care, use of personal protective equipment (PPE), vaccine hesitancy and inequities in vaccine access and therapeutics between rich countries and the global south. This review will describe the impact of the significant coronaviruses on pregnancy, with special focus on the challenges being encountered by the SARS-CoV-2 global pandemic.

Keywords: MERS; SARS-CoV-2; coronavirus; health systems; pregnancy.

Publication types

  • Review