(ORDO NEWS) — Celine Ng-Chan, a 31-year-old resident of Singapore, gave birth to a child who has been diagnosed with antibodies to the SARS-CoV-2 coronavirus, The Straits Times reported. Ng-Chan fell ill with Covid-19 in March after a family vacation in Europe. At that moment she was in her tenth week of pregnancy. The disease was mild, and the woman was discharged from the hospital after two and a half weeks.
Aldrin was born in early November at the National University Hospital (NUH). According to the doctors, the boy is absolutely healthy. How long antibodies to SARS-CoV-2 will persist and whether they provide him with the proper level of protection against infection is unclear: presumably, over time, the titer of these proteins will decrease. In addition, it is not yet known whether the antibodies were passed on to the baby from the mother or whether his body developed them itself.
According to experts from the Royal College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists in the UK, the transmission of Covid-19 from the expectant mother to the fetus during pregnancy or childbirth is rather rare. Although such cases were reported at the very beginning of the pandemic.
In July, French doctors described the first reliable case of an unborn child infected with coronavirus: after birth, he was diagnosed with cerebral edema, muscle spasms and neurological symptoms characteristic of Covid-19 in adults. Doctors assumed that the virus was transmitted to the fetus from the placenta (the highest concentrations of SARS-CoV-2 were found there) through the umbilical cord. The kid recovered after three weeks.
Scientists believe that a mother can infect a child with a coronavirus, regardless of which method of childbirth she prefers, what kind of feeding (breastfeeding or bottle feeding), and whether they sleep in the same bed or not.
In addition, a recent study found that children in contact with parents who have Covid-19 and have symptoms can develop an immune response to infection without experiencing severe symptoms. Apparently, the child’s immune system can effectively prevent the replication of the pathogen within the cells of the body, despite its effects.
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