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Coronavirus illness 2019 (COVID-19) is an airways infection caused by the new coronavirus (SARS-CoV-2) which has been quickly disseminated all over the world, affecting to the general population including women in pregnancy time. As being a recent infection, the evidence that supports the best practices for the management of the infection during pregnancy is limited, and most of the questions have not been completely solved yet.

This publication offers general guidelines focused on decision-making people, managers, and health’s teams related to pregnant women attention and newborn babies during COVID-19 pandemic. Its purpose is to promote useful interventions to prevent new infections as well as prompt and adequate attention to avoid serious complications or deaths, trying to be adapted to the different contexts in which attention to expectant mothers is provided. Guidelines are set within a well-scientific evidence and available recommendations up to date.

Edgar Ivan Ortiz, Professor of the Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology of the Universidad del Valle


Surgeon, Specialist in Obstetrics and Gynecology and Master in Public Health at Universidad del Valle.

Professor of the Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology of the Universidad del Valle since 1984.

Former President Colombian Federation of Obstetrics and Gynecology - FECOLSOG

Former President of the Latin American Federation of Obstetrics and Gynecology - FLASOG.

Member of the Executive Board and the Scientific Committee of the International Federation of Gynecology and Obstetrics-FIGO

Distinguished as Master of Gynecology and Obstetrics of Colombia in 2016.

Fellow of the American College of Obstetrics and Gynecology. 


Enrique Herrera Castañeda, Universidad del Valle


Full professor Universidad del Valle, Hospital Universitario del Valle
Department of  gynecology and Obstetrics.

Education: Gynecologist, Human reproduction and gynecological.
endocrinology, MSc .universidad del valle.

Postdoctorate in Human Reproduction, Monash University.


Clinical experience.

Infertility treatments and gynecological endocrinology, microsurgery and endoscopic surgery in reproduction. Assisted Reproduction Techniques.

Investigation area

Endocrinology, reproductive problems in the male factor and reproductive surgery.

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Alejandro De La Torre, Centro Médico Imbanaco


Physician and surgeon graduated from Universidad del Valle in Cali-Colombia, with postgraduate studies in Epidemiology and Public Health from Michigan State University and Johns Hopkins University
He has worked at the Pan American Health Organization / World Health Organization (PAHO / WHO) and the Inter-American Development Bank (IDB) in Washington, D.C. and Panama.
He is currently the Scientific Director of the Imbanaco Medical Center and a volunteer professor in the Department of Public Health Sciences, School of Medicine, University of Miami


Ortiz, E. I., Castañeda, E. H., & De La Torre, A. (2024). Coronavirus (COVID 19) Infection in Pregnancy. Colombia Medica, 51(2), e–4271. (Original work published April 17, 2020)


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