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Contagion Live News Network: COVID-19 Outbreak Impacts Rheumatology Research

A video review of the latest ID news.

Hello and welcome to Contagion — in clinical characteristic news, pregnant women with COVID-19 typically experienced symptoms in their second and third trimester, according to a new study. As the immune system changes during pregnancy, the study authors explained, pregnant women may become more vulnerable to SARS-CoV-2 and other infections.

Other literature about pregnant women and their experience with COVID-19 suggests most babies were delivered by C-section, and most of the infants were asymptomatic.

In news from outside the field, Dr. Vibeke Strand, of the Division of Immunology and Rheumatology at Stanford University School of Medicine, discusses ongoing AI research in lupus to explore the impact of COVID-19 on clinical trials outside the ID space.

In an earlier part of our interview, Dr. Strand also discussedhow lupus patients were coping with hydroxychloroquine stockpiling.

And lastly, a study team from a local China CDC authority detailed multi-generational transmission of SARS-CoV-2 within households. The team suggests more options for voluntarily cocooning the at-risk population be pursued.

For Contagion, I’m Grant. Thanks for watching.