Universal screening for SARS-CoV-2 before labor admission during Covid-19 pandemic in Madrid

This study evaluates the performance of universal screening for SARS-CoV-2 using qRT-PCR tests in women admitted to labor during the post-peak period of the COVID-19 pandemic in a single hospital from Madrid, and compare it with the results described in other locations at different times of the pandemic. From 203 tested women, 7 referred COVID-19-related symptoms but only one had a positive qRT-PCR. Among the 194 asymptomatic women, only one case (0.5%) was positive. The authors conclude that, although Madrid suffered the effects of COVID-19 in a similar way to New York and Tuscany, the results of universal screening in women admitted to labor were remarkably different among centers. The most likely explanation relies in the chronology itself of the pandemic and the screening.

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