• Kushal Kumar Jha

A Baby in Singapore born with COVID-19 antibodies | Mother had tested positive during pregnancy

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According to a report published in The Strait Times, a woman named Celine Ng-Chan, who had tested positive for the COVID-19 back in March during her pregnancy, has given birth to a baby with antibodies already present against the highly contagious virus. The news offers a new clue as to whether the infection can be transmitted from mother to child. The newborn baby was born this month without the COVID-19 virus but already had the antibodies against it. “My doctor suspects I have transferred my COVID-19 antibodies to him during my pregnancy,” Celine Ng-Chan told the Newspaper. Weighing 3.5 KG at birth, the infant (Aldrin) was born on 7th November at the National University Hospital (NUH). "I wasn`t worried that Aldrin would get Covid-19 as I read that the transmission risk (from mother to the fetus) is very low," The Straits Times quoted Ng-Chan as saying. "My pregnancy and birth was smooth sailing despite being diagnosed with Covid-19 in my first trimester, which is the most unstable stage of the pregnancy. I`m very blessed to have Aldrin and he came out very healthy. I feel relieved my COVID-19 journey is finally over now," she added. Ng-Chan had mild symptoms from the COVID-19 and was discharged from the hospital within two and a half weeks of treatment. According to the World Health Organization (WHO), it is still not yet proven if a pregnant woman with coronavirus can pass the virus to her foetus or baby during pregnancy or delivery. Till now, no reports have suggested presence of the active virus in samples of fluid around the baby in the womb or in breast milk.

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