Editorial

COVID-19 in pregnancy in South Africa: Tracking the epidemic and defining the natural history

L Fairlie, S Sawry, F Patel, J E Balkus, E Kalk, P Mutevedzi, K-G Technau, L Yates, A Slogrove, D Ballot, R M Bandini, U Mehta, D Moodley, O Mhlongo, S Budram, S Maswime, V Vannevel, H Rees, M Chersich

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L Fairlie, Wits Reproductive Health and HIV Institute, Faculty of Health Sciences, University of the Witwatersrand, Johannesburg, South Africa

S Sawry, Wits Reproductive Health and HIV Institute, Faculty of Health Sciences, University of the Witwatersrand, Johannesburg, South Africa

F Patel, Wits Reproductive Health and HIV Institute, Faculty of Health Sciences, University of the Witwatersrand, Johannesburg, South Africa

J E Balkus, Department of Epidemiology, School of Public Health, University of Washington, Seattle, USA

E Kalk, Centre for Infectious Disease Epidemiology and Research, School of Public Health and Family Medicine, Faculty of Health Sciences, University of Cape Town, South Africa

P Mutevedzi, Respiratory and Meningeal Pathogens Research Unit, South African Medical Research Council, Johannesburg, South Africa; School of Public Health, Faculty of Health Sciences, University of the Witwatersrand, Johannesburg, South Africa

K-G Technau, Empilweni Services and Research Unit, Rahima Moosa Mother and Child Hospital, Johannesburg, South Africa; Department of Paediatrics and Child Health, Faculty of Health Sciences, University of the Witwatersrand, Johannesburg, South Africa

L Yates, Inkosi Albert Luthuli Central Hospital, Durban, South Africa; KwaZulu-Natal Research Innovation and Sequencing Platform (KRISP), University of KwaZulu-Natal, South Africa

A Slogrove, Department of Paediatrics and Child Health, Faculty of Medicine and Health Sciences, Stellenbosch University, Cape Town, South Africa

D Ballot, School of Clinical Medicine, Faculty of Health Sciences, University of the Witwatersrand, Johannesburg, South Africa

R M Bandini, Department of Paediatrics and Child Health, Faculty of Health Sciences, University of the Witwatersrand, and Charlotte Maxeke Johannesburg Academic Hospital, Johannesburg, South Africa

U Mehta, Centre for Infectious Disease Epidemiology and Research, School of Public Health and Family Medicine, Faculty of Health Sciences, University of Cape Town, South Africa

D Moodley, Department of Obstetrics and Gynaecology, School of Clinical Medicine, Faculty of Health Sciences, University of KwaZulu-Natal, Durban, South Africa

O Mhlongo, Department of Health, KwaZulu-Natal Province, South Africa

S Budram, Maternal-Fetal Medicine, Inkosi Albert Luthuli Central Hospital, Durban, South Africa; and University of KwaZulu-Natal, Durban, South Africa

S Maswime, Global Surgery Division, Department of Surgery, Faculty of Health Sciences, University of Cape Town, South Africa

V Vannevel, SAMRC Maternal and Infant Health Care Strategies Unit, University of Pretoria, South Africa

H Rees, Wits Reproductive Health and HIV Institute, Faculty of Health Sciences, University of the Witwatersrand, Johannesburg, South Africa

M Chersich, Wits Reproductive Health and HIV Institute, Faculty of Health Sciences, University of the Witwatersrand, Johannesburg, South Africa

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Keywords

Pregnancy; South Africa; COVID-19; SARS-CoV-2; Maternal health; Surveillance; Case detection

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South African Medical Journal 2020;110(8):729-731. DOI:10.7196/SAMJ.2020.v110i8.15012

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Date submitted: 2020-07-30
Date published: 2020-07-30

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