NEW Updates on Maternal and Child Health, Nutrition and COVID-19 – excerpts from scientific journal articles – 16 February 2021

20 February, 2021

NEW Updates on Maternal and Child Health, Nutrition and COVID-19 – excerpts from scientific journal articles – 16 February 2021

Dear Colleagues,

Since our last update Tuesday, 9 February 2021 we have added 124 NEW publications for February (47 new), January (16 new), December (26 new), November (20 new), October (2 new), September (3 new), August (1 new), July (6 new), June (2 new), and May (1 new).

Click here to view the updated repository<

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, Canada, Sweden, Brazil, Spain, Australia, Saudi Arabia, Germany, the Netherlands, Turkey, Serbia, China, the United States, South Africa, Finland, Denmark, Egypt, Norway, Ethiopia, Iceland, Germany, France, Guinea, India, Mexico, Iran, Korea, Ireland, Peru, Italy, Switzerland, Poland, and Sri Lanka.

Many new publications focus on COVID-19, pregnancy, and neonatal health. A systematic review and meta-analysis published last week pooled data on breastmilk samples tested for SARS-CoV-2 RNA and antibodies from mothers with confirmed COVID-19; another systematic review of COVID-19 affected pregnancies estimated rates of maternal death, ICU admission, preterm deliveries, cesarean deliveries, and neonatal SARS-CoV-2 infection. Other topics in this update include histopathological changes to the placenta and intra-uterine growth restrictions associated with SARS-CoV-2 infection during pregnancy. Many articles related to the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on maternal mental health, with one surveying pregnant women at risk of mental illness to identify factors associated with help-seeking behavior.

Several new publications related to child and adolescent health discuss the direct and indirect effects of COVID-19. Topics vary from the diagnosis and treatment of MIS-C, to SARS-CoV-2 transmission risk in daycare settings and increases in food insecurity among children and families during the COVID-19 pandemic. An article published last week provides initial evidence on the clinical manifestations of the new SARS-CoV-2 variant B.1.1.7 in children and young people. One study evaluated the association between serum albumin levels and clinical manifestations of COVID-19 in children, while another evaluated whether SARS-CoV-2 viral load could predict the clinical course and severity of pediatric COVID-19. A study of COVID-19 health literacy among children and parents across 6 countries also examined sources of information as well as parents’ attitudes around discussing COVID-19 with their children.

This is by no means an exhaustive list! Look out for our next update Tuesday, 23 February 2021. Currently, we have 4813 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, 24 February 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<>

CHIFA 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.

Email: mververs AT