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Impact of Comorbid COVID-19 and Substance Use During Pregnancy on Fetal and Infant Development Workshop
Wednesday, July 20th, 10:00 am - 5:00 pm EDT

Numerous underlying medical conditions are associated with worse outcomes for those infected with SARS-CoV-2, including pregnancy and recent pregnancy (defined as at least 42 days following the end of pregnancy). In the short-term, SARS-CoV-2 infection in pregnant individuals increases the risk for severe illness for the individual leading to hospitalization, caesarean birth, and death as well as risks for the fetus including stillbirth, pre-term birth, and poor fetal outcomes. The long-term impact of COVID-19 illness during and following recent pregnancy is still being determined; however, recent studies point to potential effects on neurodevelopment.

The pandemic has had a significant impact on pregnant individuals that merits continued attention to assess the short- and long-term effects. COVID infections, decreased social support, increased pandemic-related stress, worsened maternal mental health, and a potential increase in substance use are all consequences of the pandemic that may have lasting impacts on the COVID generation. This workshop will include four sessions that cover: the impact of COVID infection (with attention to the variant) on the developing fetus, the impact of pandemic stress on maternal health, the impact of comorbid COVID-19 infection and/or pandemic stress and substance use on fetal outcomes and neurodevelopment, and innovations in remote data collection and telehealth born out of the pandemic. The workshop will establish the state of the science in efforts to understand gaps and opportunities for ongoing research.

Michelle Freund, NIDA
Da-Yu Wu, NIDA
Contact: Da-Yu Wu,

Jul 20, 2022 10:00 AM in Eastern Time (US and Canada)

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