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ACOG, CDC Recommend Separating Mothers With Confirmed Or Suspected COVID-19 From Newborns For Up To A Week Or More

USA Today (3/26, Rodriguez) reports “pregnant women who become infected with the new coronavirus or are exposed to the illness it causes face more distressing news: possible separation from their newborn for up to a week or more.” The article says that the American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists and the CDC both recommend that course of action “to stop the potential spread of the virus from mother to child.” According to the new guidelines, “facilities should consider temporarily separating the mother who has confirmed COVID-19 or is a PUI (person under investigation) from her baby until the mother’s transmission-based precautions are discontinued.”