Maternal COVID-19 may increase boys’ risk of neurodevelopmental disorders: study

The association was not found for female offspring of mothers with COVID-19 during pregnancy

Exposure to SARS-CoV-2 during pregnancy is associated with a “modestly greater” risk of adverse neurodevelopmental outcomes in male infants, a large US study suggests.

Researchers say the findings, based on data from 18,000 live births, are consistent with evidence that some maternal viral infections increase the likelihood of schizophrenia and autism spectrum disorder diagnoses in offspring.