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    Research Letter
    December 7, 2020

    Stillbirths During the COVID-19 Pandemic in England, April-June 2020

    Author Affiliations
    • 1Public Health England, Immunisation and Countermeasures Division, London, England
    • 2Public Health England, Health Intelligence Division, London, England
    JAMA. 2021;325(1):86-87. doi:10.1001/jama.2020.21369

    Pregnant women have an increased risk of infectious diseases, including respiratory infections such as influenza,1 and are included on the coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) UK clinically vulnerable list.2 Little is known about the risk of COVID-19 to unborn children, with data limited to a case series of 3 stillbirth deliveries in pregnant women with confirmed severe acute respiratory syndrome coronavirus 2 (SARS-CoV-2) infection3 and a single London hospital reporting a higher rate of stillbirth deliveries during the pandemic period compared with a prepandemic period.4 To provide more robust data, we used national and regional hospitalization data in England to assess the risk of stillbirths during the COVID-19 pandemic.