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Letters Risks to children during covid-19 pandemic

“Women and children last”—effects of the covid-19 pandemic on reproductive, perinatal, and paediatric health

BMJ 2020; 369 doi: (Published 10 June 2020) Cite this as: BMJ 2020;369:m2287
  1. Peter von Dadelszen, professor1,
  2. Asma Khalil, professor2,
  3. Ingrid Wolfe, clinical senior lecturer3,
  4. Nikos A Kametas, clinical reader4,
  5. Patrick O’Brien, honorary senior lecturer5,
  6. Laura A Magee, professor1
  1. 1Department of Women and Children’s Health, School of Life Course Sciences, King’s College London, London, UK
  2. 2Fetal Medicine Unit, St George’s, University of London, London, UK
  3. 3Evelina London Children’s Hospital, London, UK
  4. 4Harris Birthright Centre, King’s College Hospital NHS Foundation Trust, London, UK
  5. 5University College London Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust, London, UK
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The covid-19 pandemic has led to abrupt changes in health service delivery—from face-to-face to largely virtual interactions—to protect those vulnerable to the virus (beneficial) and to cope with staff shortages (potentially harmful). This was evidence based for those with substantial comorbidities; pregnant women have been labelled as vulnerable from the beginning. But, as Green says, the secondary harms to vulnerable children have not been properly considered. …

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