BABIES BORN TO COVID-19 MOTHERS MAY HAVE CORONA VIRUS ANTIBODIES

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BABIES BORN TO COVID-19 MOTHERS MAY HAVE CORONA VIRUS ANTIBODIES

Published on Dec 18, 2020

A Singapore study recently published found out that babies born to infected mothers have antibodies that protect against coronavirus. 

The small study was carried out on 16 women and it also found no evidence of virus transmission between mother and baby, offering insights into a neighbourhood of COVID-19 infection still not well understood globally.

The World Health Organization (WHO) says pregnant women often suffer from respiratory infections, and the probability of mothers with COVID-19 passing the virus to their babies during pregnancy or delivery is not yet known.

Singapore’s Obstetrics and Gynaecology Research Network made a statement saying “The study results are reassuring and this demonstrates that the incidence and severity of COVID-19 among pregnant women parallels general population trends.” The study showed most participants were mildly infected, while more severe reactions occurred in older, overweight women.

None of the ladies died and every one made a full recovery. During the course of this study, two women lost their babies, which researchers said that one case could be associated with virus complications. Five women had delivered by the time the study was published, and their babies had antibodies without being infected by the virus, although the researchers said it is still relatively unknown what level of protection this might offer.

Further monitoring was required to ascertain if the antibodies decline as the babies grow, the researchers said. The number of antibodies within the babies had different variations and there were higher number of antibodies among those whose mothers had been infected nearer to the time of delivery, the researchers added.

Doctors working in China have reported the detection and decline over time of COVID-19 antibodies in babies born to women with the coronavirus disease, according to an article published in mid-October in the Emerging Infectious Diseases journal.

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