17-Day Old Newborn Infected With Coronavirus Recovers Without Treatment
The girl, born in Wuhan on February 5, contracted the disease from her mother.
A 17-day-old baby who was the youngest patient infected with Coronavirus has recovered from the virus in China. Doctors in China were stunned after a 17-day-old baby girl recovered from the coronavirus without taking any medication. Reports have it that the baby was born by a mother who was already infected with the disease in Wuhan. Dailymail reports that the newborn is the youngest patient to have recovered from the virus in China so far.
Details on Xiao Xiao’s Remarkable Recovery After Being Infected With Coronavirus
She left the hospital on Friday after making a full recovery on her own without the help of medication. According to People’s Daily, the baby was transferred to Wuhan Children’s Hospital on the same day she was born; and health workers discovered that she had the virus shortly after.
The girl, known as Xiao Xiao, had an infection in her respiratory system; and minor myocardial damage said Dr. Zeng Lingkong; director of the Department of Neonatology at the hospital. Because the girl’s symptoms were not obvious, doctors decided not to give her antibiotic medication; they instead let her overcome the disease on her own.
Dr. Zeng speaking with a state broadcaster for CCTV said; “She did not have obvious difficulties in breathing, did not cough or have fevers; therefore we only gave her treatment for her myocardial condition.” The doctors allowed her to go home on Friday afternoon after receiving negative results in three consecutive nucleic acid detection tests. Dr. Zeng said the baby had recovered fully from coronavirus as well as her heart disease.
‘She even grew bigger and fatter here,’ Dr. Zeng said.
Can pregnant mom infected with coronavirus pass the virus to her unborn child? Early research says no.
Doctors in China have feared the possibility that the infection can pass from mothers to their babies in the womb.
There are many unknowns about the new coronavirus, including whether pregnant women who catch the virus can pass it to their unborn child. Now, a preliminary study suggests the virus, known as 2019-nCoV, may not be transmitted during pregnancy.
However, the study was small and involved only pregnant women in the third trimester who gave birth via cesarean section (C-section). More studies are needed to confirm the findings and to see whether they apply to other groups of pregnant women, the authors said.
“We should continue to pay special [attention] to newborns born to mothers with COVID-19,” the new name for the disease caused by 2019-nCoV, study lead author Yuanzhen Zhang, a professor at Zhongnan Hospital of Wuhan University in China, said in a statement.
The study, published Wednesday (Feb. 12) in the journal The Lancet, follows the news of an infant in China who tested positive for 2019-nCoV within 36 hours of birth. But in that case, it wasn’t clear whether transmission in the womb really happened, Zhang said. It may be that the infant caught the virus after birth from close contact, for instance, he said.
The new study involved pregnant women who were infected with COVID-19
In the new study, the researchers analyzed information from nine women who developed COVID-19 when they were 36 to 39 weeks pregnant and were admitted to a hospital in Wuhan, the Chinese city where the outbreak of 2019-nCoV originated.
When the women gave birth via C-section, doctors collected samples of amniotic fluid, umbilical cord blood, and breast milk, as well as samples from the newborn’s throat. All of these samples were taken in the operating room at the time of birth so that they would best represent the conditions in the womb, the authors said.
None of the women developed severe pneumonia as a result of their infection, and all of the newborns survived. What’s more, none of the samples from the amniotic fluid, cord blood, breast milk or throat swabs tested positive for the virus.
“Findings from this small group of cases suggest that there is currently no evidence for intrauterine infection … in women who develop COVID-19 … in late pregnancy,” the authors wrote.
Still more studies are needed among pregnant women in different stages of pregnancy (such as the first and second trimester) and those that give birth vaginally, the authors said.