WEDNESDAY, February 12, 2020 (HealthDay News) – There is some good news about the new coronavirus: Preliminary research shows that the virus cannot be passed from an infected pregnant woman to the fetus.
The researchers emphasized that the study population was small – only nine pregnant women – and a number of other factors meant the lengthy question when talking about mother-to-child transmission.
For the study, the researchers analyzed the medical records of women who ranged from 26 to 40 years old. All women living in Wuhan, China, the epicenter of the newly named coronavirus COVID-19 outbreak, have so far infected nearly 45,000 people and killed 1,113 in China.
All women had pneumonia due to infection, and all were in the third trimester, according to a research team led by Yuanzhen Zhang of the South Central Hospital of Wuhan University, China. All women recovered and were treated with antibiotics and oxygen. Six received treatment with antiviral drugs.
For the birth, there are two cases of fetal failure (the condition of a baby with temporary hypoxia) and two births associated with early rupture of membranes, but all nine pregnancies are born.
Most importantly, six out of nine infants were tested and had no signs of COVID-19 infection. The baby has been checked for virus presence …