Mother in Singapore Gives Birth to Baby with Covid-19 Antibody

SINGAPORE, KOMPAS.com – A woman by nationality Singapore give birth baby which have antibodies against corona virus. The mother was infected Covid-19 in March when pregnant.

Reuters quotes the newspaper Straits Times, Sunday (29/11/2020), reported that the baby was born this month without being exposed to Covid-19, but instead had antibodies to the virus.

“My doctor suspected I had transferred Covid-19 antibodies I told her during my pregnancy, “Celine Ng-Chan told the newspaper.

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Quoted Kompas.com from VOA Indonesia, Ng-Chan developed mild symptoms due to the coronavirus and was discharged from the hospital after two and a half weeks.

Ng-Chan and the National University Hospital (NUH), where he was born, did not immediately comment.

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

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Until now, the active virus has not been found in fluid samples around the baby in the womb or in breast milk.

Doctors in China reported decreases in Covid-19 antibodies over time in babies born to women who contracted the coronavirus, according to an article published in October in the journal Emerging Infectious Diseases.

Doctors from New York-Presbyterian / Columbia University Irving Medical Center reported in October in JAMA Pediatrics that mother-to-newborn transmission of the new coronavirus is rare.

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