Publications - December 2020

Preprint and peer-reviewed publications from RECOVER’s studies

Underdetection of COVID-19 cases in France in the exit phase following lockdown

A novel testing policy was implemented in May in France to systematically screen potential COVID-19 infections and suppress local outbreaks while lifting lockdown restrictions.

Our findings identify critical needs of improvement to increase case ascertainment in France and the performance of the response system to monitor and control COVID-19 epidemic. Substantially more aggressive and efficient testing targeting COVID-19 suspect cases needs to be achieved to act as a pandemic-fighting tool. Associated logistical needs should not be underestimated. These elements should be considered in light of the increase of cases currently observed in France and in other countries in Europe with similar response systems.

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Severe Acute Respiratory Syndrome Coronavirus 2 Placental Infection and Inflammation Leading to Fetal Distress and Neonatal Multi-Organ Failure in an Asymptomatic Woman (Schoenmakers et al. 2020)

In general, severe acute respiratory syndrome coronavirus 2 (SARS-CoV-2) infection during pregnancy is not considered to be an increased risk for severe maternal outcomes but has been associated with an increased risk for fetal distress. Maternal-fetal transmission of SARS-CoV-2 was initially deemed uncertain; however, recently a few cases of vertical transmission have been reported. The intrauterine mechanisms, besides direct vertical transmission, leading to the perinatal adverse outcomes are not well understood.

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