SARS-COV-2 causes the infectious disease COVID-19.
Some people with COVID-19 have no symptoms of disease, others may experience a flu-like illness with fever, aching muscles and cough. A small proportion of infected people develop severe disease which can cause significant breathing problems and can require hospital care and intensive care support.
Cases were first reported in December 2019, from Wuhan province in China, and since then have spread across the globe. To date, over 1 million people have been diagnosed with COVID-19.
SARS CoV-2 is a completely new virus and many of its effects are still unknown, including any potential effects on pregnant women and their unborn children.
Initial reports from China suggest that COVID-19 can be a relatively mild disease in pregnancy.
However, we know that pregnant women are at an increased risk of becoming severely unwell with infections, and women infected with previous coronaviruses (SARS and MERS) were at higher risk of having severe disease.
It is therefore extremely important that we collect data on COVID-19 infection in pregnancy so that we know the correct advice to give to women and can determine how best to protect them.
Additionally, we know that there are some infectious diseases that can pass from mothers to infect the developing baby in the womb. It is not yet known whether this happens with COVID-19, or what the effects would be if it did.
Covid-19 and Pregnancy: What We Know So Far
COVID-19 and Pregnancy: What We Need to Know
How can you help?
If you had a throat swab positive for
SARS-CoV- 2 (COVID-19)
Are over 18
Live in England
Are 24 or more weeks pregnant
Then visit our patient information page to learn how you can join our study to help find out more about COVID-19 and pregnancy
Or if you are a healthcare professional who cares for pregnant women and are interested in our study please visit the page for healthcare professionals to find out more
The periCOVID study was set up by a group of doctors and researchers working with Public Health England who are interested in understanding if pregnant women who test positive for the novel coronavirus (SARS-COV-2) can transmit the infection to their unborn babies.