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J Obstet Gynaecol ; 42(6): 1868-1873, 2022 Aug.
Article in English | MEDLINE | ID: covidwho-1815727


This study was conducted to evaluate the rate of severe acute respiratory syndrome coronavirus 2 (SARS-CoV-2) infection and immunity among asymptomatic non-immunised low-risk parturient women and their newborns. A cross-sectional study conducted in a tertiary hospital during the nadir period of new cases in Egypt. All asymptomatic pregnant, low risk and non-immunised women were included. All eligible participants had been subjected to SARS-CoV-2 nasopharyngeal swabs according to CDC and sampling of maternal and umbilical blood to evaluate the presence of coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) IgM and IgG antibodies by immunochromatographic assay. Two cases out of 171 (1.2%) parturient women were tested positive for PCR swab to COVID-19 infection. Furthermore, COVID-19 IgG and IgM antibodies testing showed that 67.8% of women were negative for both IgG and IGM, 24.6% were positive for IgG only, 4.1% were positive for IgM only, while 3.5% were positive for both IgG and IgM. Regarding neonatal testing for immunity, 28.1% of the neonates were positive to IgG only and none for IgM.The rate of positive PCR patients among asymptomatic low-risk parturient women was 1.2%. About quarter of women had got herd immunity as evident by positive IgG antibodies. IgG antibodies transferred to the neonates in almost all cases.Impact StatementWhat is already known on this subject? Coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19), caused by severe acute respiratory syndrome coronavirus 2 (SARS-CoV-2), has become a global public health emergency. Asymptomatic pregnant women with coronavirus disease can transmit their infection to their newborn, family members and the health care providers.What do the results of this study add? The study showed very low (1.2%) prevalence of COVID positive cases among asymptomatic pregnant women admitted to our facility. Only two cases out of 171 parturient women tested PCR positive for COVID-19 infection (1.2%). SARS-Cov-2 IgG and IgM antibodies testing showed, about a quarter (24.6%) were positive for IgG antibodies, 4.1% were positive for IgM antibodies, while 3.5% were positive for both IgG and IgM. On the other hand, 28.1% of the neonates were positive to IgG only and none of the newborns had had IgM antibodies in their cord blood.What are the implications of these findings for clinical practice and/or further research? The first wave of COVID-19 pandemic in Egypt left behind at least a quarter of pregnant women with a positive antibody denoting some immunity. This immunity is usually transmitted to the neonates in almost all cases.

COVID-19 , SARS-CoV-2 , COVID-19/diagnosis , COVID-19/epidemiology , Cross-Sectional Studies , Female , Humans , Immunoglobulin G , Immunoglobulin M , Infant, Newborn , Pandemics , Pregnancy
Vaccines (Basel) ; 10(1)2021 Dec 29.
Article in English | MEDLINE | ID: covidwho-1580348


INTRODUCTION: Despite global efforts to contain the illness, COVID-19 continues to have severe health, life, and economic repercussions; thus, maintaining vaccine development is mandatory. Different directions concerning COVID-19 vaccines have emerged as a result of the vaccine's unpredictability. AIMS: To study the determinants of the attitudes of healthcare workers (HCWs) to receiving or refusing to receive the vaccine. METHODS: The current study adopted an interviewed questionnaire between June and August 2021. A total of 341 HCWs currently working at Assiut University hospitals offered to receive the vaccine were included. RESULTS: Only half of the HCWs (42%) accepted the COVID-19 vaccine. The most common reason that motivated the HCWs was being more susceptible than others to infection (71.8%). On other hand, the common reasons for refusing included: previously contracted the virus (64.8%); did not have time (58.8%); warned by a doctor not to take it (53.8%). Nearly one-third of nonaccepting HCWs depended on television, the Internet, and friends who refused the vaccine for information (p < 0.05). In the final multivariate regression model, there were six significant predictors: sex, job category, chronic disease, being vaccinated for influenza, and using Assiut University hospital staff and the Ministry of Health as sources of information (p < 0.05). CONCLUSION: Misinformation and negative conceptions are still barriers against achieving the desired rate of vaccination, especially for vulnerable groups such as HCWs.