EXECUTIVE COMMITTEE OF THE LATIN AMERICAN FEDERATION OF OBSTETRICS AND GYNECOLOGY SOCIETIES (FLASOG)
IN THE FACE OF THE COVID -19 PANDEMIC – FLASOG EXECUTIVE COMMITTEE
COVID-19 (Coronavirus) is a pathogen with a high speed of contagion given its reproductive factor, it is not SARS or influenza, and it is spreading rapidly worldwide, causing considerable impacts on health, economically and socially at a global level.
So far men appear to be more affected than women and limited data is available on COVID-19 during pregnancy.
Based on current evidence, pregnant women do not appear to be at higher risk of infection with this virus or of more severe symptoms than the general population. To this day, no deaths have been reported in pregnant women and there is no evidence of vertical transmission to the fetus during pregnancy.
We are aware that historically, in other respiratory virus epidemics, pregnant women have been disproportionately affected by severe respiratory diseases, with a higher mortality rate, admission to the ICU and other associated infectious diseases, compared to the non-pregnant population.
For this reason, FLASOG urges obstetricians-gynecologists and other health professionals in Latin America to pay close attention to the health and well-being of pregnant women and to highlight any symptoms of fever, dry cough, or respiratory distress, trying to guarantee timely and adequate diagnoses and therapies, following the recommendations of PAHO / WHO on biosecurity to avoid contagion in the face of suspected cases or carriers of COVID-19 infection.
It is mandatory to obtain a detailed travel and contact history with infected people or with people at risk of infection who come from high-risk countries, as well as taking into account the epidemiological history of the pregnant woman with fever and acute respiratory disease, to take the pertinent measures to promote their health. It is imperative, in these cases, to notify the infection control team of the corresponding health institution.
In order to keep them updated to guarantee and offer the best to our patients during pregnancy, childbirth and the puerperium, given that the evidence will change over time, FLASOG is paying close attention to scientific publications and management protocols issued by the OMS and will share new information once it is published, through a dedicated portal that we have created on our website.
Finally, we invite you to be more united than ever, to defeat this scourge that puts humanity at risk and to continue contributing the best of each one in these moments of crisis.