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Death from COVID-19 in a Hispanic postpartum woman and review of the literature
  1. Janardhan Mydam1,
  2. Laila Younes2,
  3. Mohammed Siddiqui3 and
  4. Thana Tarsha4
  1. 1Dvision of Neonatolgy, Department of Pediatrics, John H. Stroger Jr. Hospital of Cook County, Chicago, Illinois, USA
  2. 2Department of Family Medicine, AMITA Health Saints Mary and Elizabeth Medical Center Chicago, Chicago, Illinois, USA
  3. 3Department of Medicine, Rush Medical College of Rush University, Chicago, Illinois, USA
  4. 4Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology, AMITA Health Saints Mary and Elizabeth Medical Center Chicago, Chicago, Illinois, USA
  1. Correspondence to Dr Janardhan Mydam; mydamj{at}; jmydam{at}


There is still much we do not know about the impact of COVID-19 on the health of pregnant and postpartum women and pregnancy outcomes. Current evidence suggests that there is biological plausibility for worse outcomes among this population. This case report details the clinical care given to a postpartum Hispanic and obese woman diagnosed with COVID-19 in April 2020. We report the care she and her newborn received and her progression through the virus. We discuss the current knowledge surrounding COVID-19 among pregnant and postpartum women. While research supports COVID-19 outcomes being comparable to the general population, there is limited research in this area. Clinical trials, acting on the side of caution, have tended to exclude pregnant women from participation. Therefore, there is a need for further research that can inform evidence-based policy decisions related to COVID-19 in pregnant and postpartum women.

  • COVID-19
  • emergency medicine
  • respiratory medicine
  • pregnancy

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  • Contributors JM planned the study, conceptualised the idea, helped in data acquisition, writing the first draft of the manuscript and supervised the case report. LY, MS and TT collected the data and contributed to writing the first draft of the manuscript. All authors read and approved the final manuscript for submission.

  • Funding The authors have not declared a specific grant for this research from any funding agency in the public, commercial or not-for-profit sectors.

  • Competing interests None declared.

  • Provenance and peer review Not commissioned; externally peer reviewed.