Reports are showing that Coronavirus can be transmitted to a new born baby during the baby’s time in the womb.
According to reports on The Pediatric Infectious Disease Journal, the official journal of The European Society for Paediatric Infectious Diseases. A baby girl in Texas — born prematurely to a mother with coronavirus — is the strongest evidence to date that intrauterine (in the womb) transmission of coronavirus 2 (SARS-CoV-2) can occur.
The baby tested positive for SARS-CoV-2 infection at 24 and 48 hours after birth. She was treated with supplemental oxygen for several days but did not need mechanical ventilation. COVID-19 tests remained positive for up to 14 days. At 21 days, the mother and infant were sent home in good condition.
“Numerous infants have now been delivered to pregnant women diagnosed with SARS-CoV-2, with the majority of these infants without respiratory illness or positive molecular evidence for SARS-CoV-2,” comments Amanda S. Evans, MD, one of the lead authors of the new study. “Our study is the first to document intrauterine transmission of the infection during pregnancy, based on immunohistochemical and ultrastructural evidence of SARS-CoV-2 infection in the fetal cells of the placenta.” 1
However, “Intrauterine transmission of SARS-CoV-2 appears to be a rare event,” insisted Dr. Sisman and colleagues.
“We wanted to be very careful of our interpretation of this data, but now is an even more important time for pregnant women to protect themselves from COVID-19,” comments Dr. Evans