COMBO in the News

How COVID-19 Affects Pregnancy and Child Development

August 16, 2022

Dr. Dani Dumitriu discusses how Columbia University's Irving Medical Center was the first in the country to admit a pregnant patient with COVID-19, and reflects on how much we've learned since the beginning of the pandemic. She discusses the COMBO Study's findings, revealing that COVID-19 infection seems to have no significant effect on infant neurodevelopment at 6 months. Despite not finding any neurodevelopmental differences, the study's research has found significant evidence that children growing up amidst the pandemic do appear to be scoring lower on fine motor skills and personal-social interaction assessments compared to children who grew up in pre-pandemic times.


How the COVID-19 Pandemic has impacted verbal development in babies

April 25, 2022

Dr. Dani Dumitriu discusses the impacts of stressed parenting and masks on verbal development during the pandemic. She also discusses typical speech milestones for children and the importance of the visual/auditory connection when developing verbal skills in babies. 

NBC Feature: Dr. Dumitriu discusses impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic on baby development

March 3, 2022

Dr. Dani Dumitriu discusses with NBC's Erika Edwards about COMBO's research regarding babies in the womb during mother COVID-19 infection. They also discuss trends that reveal slight developmental delays in children born during the pandemic compared to those born before the pandemic. 

COVID babies score slightly lower on developmental screening test

February 25, 2022

An interview with Dr. Dani Dumitriu about the latest research regarding development screening test scores for babies born during the COVID-19 pandemic.

Podcast: COVID-19 & Pregnancy: What Do We Need To Know?

February 18, 2022

A podcast featuring our COMBO chair Dr. Dani Dumitriu as she walks us through the psychological health of mothers and the neurodevelopment of their fetuses during the COVID-19 pandemic. 

Newborns of Moms With COVID-19 Face Little Infection Risk: Study 

October 14, 2020

In some reassuring news on the coronavirus front, a new study finds that pregnant women with COVID-19 rarely infect their newborn.

U.S. News & World Report

Vertical Transmission of SARS-CoV-2 Rare but Possible

October 13, 2020

Transmission of SARS-CoV-2 from mothers to neonates is rare, two new studies say.


COVID-19-positive moms don't have to separate from newborns, study suggests

October 13, 2020

While some hospitals separated COVID-19-positive moms from their newborns to protect the babies, new research found moms didn't spread the virus to their infants.


COVID-19 doesn’t have to jump from mother to newborn

October 13, 2020

With proper precautions, COVID-19 transmission from mother to newborn baby is low.

Popular Science

Very low risk to newborns from moms with Covid-19: Study

October 13, 2020

Moms with Covid-19 who take basic precautions rarely pass the novel coronavirus to their newborns, even if breastfeeding, according to a new study which says more extensive measures like separating the infected mothers from their babies may not be warranted.

The Times of India

Pregnant women with Covid-19 don’t infect their newborns, study finds

October 12, 2020

The study examined the risk of mother-to-newborn transmission of Covid-19, and found that babies were not infected with coronavirus during pregnancy, even if they breastfed and shared the same hospital room.

Euro Weekly News