Mom infected with the Coronavirus gives birth to a healthy child

Baby whose parents have caught the virus is born without it

Photo: China Daily
On the eve of January 30, a confirmed 2019-nCoV patient who was 38 weeks into her pregnancy gave birth to a healthy baby girl weighing 3.05kg (6.7 lbs). The baby has been tested twice – first on January 31 and then on February 2 – and results for the Coronavirus have come out negative, according to Xinhua News.

The announcement was made on Monday February 3 at a press conference at the No 6 Hospital in Harbin, the capital of Heilongjiang province. The patient, whose temperature hit 37.3 degrees Celsius, was one of the patients admitted at the Harbin Municipal Health Commission, and the doctors had decided that the best and safest recourse for both the parent and the child was a caesarian section. Now both mother and child have been isolated, with the mother now under quarantine. As of Sunday February 2, the mother's temperature has returned to normal at 36.2 degree celsius and is currently under observation.

Doctors have been at the frontline of the ongoing virus crisis that began in Wuhan. Last week, the deputy director at the obstetrics and gynaecology department at the Wuhan Union Hospital shared how we delivered a baby at the Wuhan Union Hospital. During the operation, he 'wore two protective suits, a face mask and goggles during the one-hour surgery,' as reported by Reuters citing state television.

As to whether pregnant women who have caught the virus pass it on to their unborn children is still uncertain, according to Chen Xuan, the doctor of the third ward (obstetrics) of the Second Affiliated Hospital of Harbin Medical Unversity, as told to Science and Technology Daily. Further scientific research and clinic observations are necessary before conclusions can be reached. Newborns must be isolated for at least 14 days and mothers should not breastfeed their children until they are clear of the disease.

Sources: Xinhua, Newsweek, China Daily, Reuters, Science and Technology Daily, the official newspaper of the Ministry of Science and Technology of the People's Republic of China
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