Singaporean mother gives birth to baby with COVID-19 antibodies | Singapore

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A woman who was pregnant when infected with COVID reportedly gave her child antibodies against the virus.

A Singaporean woman who was pregnant when she was infected with coronavirus in March is believed to have given birth to a baby with antibodies to the disease, offering a new clue as to whether the infection can be transferred from mother to mother. ‘child.
The baby, who was born this month, does not have COVID-19 but has antibodies to the virus, the Straits Times newspaper reported on Sunday, citing the mother.

“My doctor suspects that I transferred my COVID-19 antibodies to him during my pregnancy,” Céline Ng-Chan told the newspaper.

Ng-Chan had been mildly ill with the illness and was discharged from hospital after two and a half weeks, he said.

Ng-Chan and the National University Hospital, where she gave birth, did not immediately respond to a request for comment.

Transmission rare

The World Health Organization says it is not yet known whether a pregnant woman with COVID-19 can pass the virus to her fetus or baby during pregnancy or childbirth.

To date, the active virus has not been found in samples of fluid around babies in the womb or in breast milk.

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

Transmission of the coronavirus from mothers to newborns is rare, doctors from New York-Presbyterian / Columbia University Irving Medical Center reported in JAMA Pediatrics in October.

While Singapore has recorded just over 58,000 COVID infections, there are now over 62.2 million infections worldwide, with at least 1.45 million reported deaths, data shows collected by Johns Hopkins University in the United States.



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