EHS-COVID (199) NEW Updates on Maternal and Child Health, Nutrition and COVID-19 – excerpts from scientific journal articles – 19 January 2021

20 January, 2021

Dear Colleagues,

We have updated our scientific repository

Since our last update Tuesday, 12 January 2021 we have added 132 NEW publications for January (54 new) December (23 new), November (32 new), October (5 new), September (8 new), August (4 new), July (3 new), and June (3 new).

lick here to view the updated repository

Individual months are located on the right-hand side, and new additions are marked in blue. To find the publication or topic of your interest, you can search in an individual month file using the Ctrl+F keys.

All publications provide emerging evidence related to COVID-19 and

* Child health (from neonates to adolescents)

* Maternal health (pregnant women, women of reproductive age)

* Breastfeeding and Infant feeding

* Nutrition (related to MCH)

In addition to several international reviews, this update provides emerging evidence from the United Kingdom, Italy, Russia, China, Israel, France, the United States, Canada, India, Singapore, Brazil, Australia, Spain, Turkey, Denmark, Bahrain, Saudi Arabia, Bangladesh, South Korea, the Netherlands, Germany, Poland, Argentina, Costa Rica, Romania, Mexico, Kuwait, Kenya, Iran, Japan, Switzerland, and Belgium.

Thirty new publications focus specifically on COVID-19 and pregnancy. One study in Israel compared rates of hospitalizations related to ectopic pregnancies before and during the COVID-19 pandemic; another compared birth-related traumatic stress, maternal bonding, and breastfeeding status between women who gave birth before or during the COVID-19 pandemic. Other researchers sought to evaluate whether an antigen-based rapid detection test can be used to help implement universal screening among pregnant women admitted for delivery. A commentary published last week highlights the public health and ethical considerations for including pregnant women in COVID-19 vaccine studies. Another letter to the editor warns of the impact of COVID-19 funding shifts and barriers to antenatal care on maternal morbidity and mortality rates in Sub-Saharan Africa.

Many new publications examine both the direct and indirect impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on child and adolescent health. A new report details the trends of weekly incidence of SARS-CoV-2 infection among children, adolescents, and young adults in the US, stratified by age to coincide with age groupings in educational settings. Another study specifically compared viral loads in symptomatic and asymptomatic children with SARS-CoV-2. Others focus more on the broader impact of the pandemic on child health, such as trends in pediatric hospitalization and health service utilization. One study focused on the effect of COVID-19 lockdowns on diet, physical activity levels, and blood glucose control among children with Type 1 Diabetes; another focused on the mental and physical wellbeing of children with neurodevelopmental disabilities.

Many programs serving children have had to respond in novel ways. One editorial describes how numerous organizations have responded to meet the needs of unaccompanied minors in France, while another details the ways in which a child abuse intervention program in Canada has adapted its services and operations during COVID-19 lockdowns.

This is by no means an exhaustive list! Look out for our next update Tuesday, 26 January 2021. Currently, we have over 4300 publications in the repository.

We also have a specific repository only on COVID-19, Breastfeeding, Infant Feeding, and Breast Milk. The next update for that will be Wednesday, 27 January 2021. If you know anyone who would benefit from any of these updates, please let me know.

Happy reading!

Mija Ververs

Mija-tesse VERVERS

Emergency Response and Recovery Branch, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) Atlanta

Hopkins Center for Humanitarian Health, Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health Baltimore

USA (+1) 443-707-9769 email: and

HIFA profile: Mija Tesse Cora Ververs is a Health Scientist (CDC), Senior Associate (Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health) Johns Hopkins Center for Humanitarian Health, United States. mververs AT