Prior studies from China have already confirmed coronavirus infection in newborns born to women infected with the new coronavirus, but doctors report that a Canadian newborn is a "probable" case of a COVID-19 infection while still in the womb.
FRIDAY, May 15, 2020 (HealthDay News) -- A Canadian newborn is a "probable" case of infection with the new coronavirus while still in the womb, doctors report.
Other such cases have been suspected and reported in prior studies. But the mother's active case of COVID-19, along with the fact that the baby boy was delivered via C-section, add weight to the notion that maternal-fetal transmission of the SARS-CoV-2 virus can occur, the Toronto doctors concluded.
There was good news, however: Although the baby was born preterm (about 36 weeks), he was a healthy 6.5 pounds. And even though testing positive for coronavirus, he did not develop COVID-19.