The latest headlines flashing all over Singapore say that- A Singaporean woman named Celine Ng-Chan, while she was 10 weeks pregnant with her second child, was heretofore infected with the novel corona virus in the month of March 2020; she has just newly given birth to a baby boy with antibodies against the corona virus.
Why is this information report astonishing? No doubt, there have been plentiful cases of women birthing infants testing positive for the novel coronavirus, but the twist comes here- it is thought to be rare for the virus to pass between mother and baby.
The baby, Aldrin, was born on November 7th 2020 without any momentous COVID-19 symptoms, but instead seized the COVID-19 antibodies.
The Straits Times newspaper- an English-language routine broadsheet newspaper based in Singapore- reported on Sunday, Celine Ng-Chan quoted: “My doctor suspects I have transferred my COVID-19 antibodies to my new born baby during my pregnancy.”
The Straits Times said: Ng-Chan had been moderately on the sick list from the disease and was sent home from the hospital after two-and-a-half weeks.
The World Health Organisation still remains thrown off balance. The good repute organisation says- it is still uncharted whether a pregnant woman with COVID-19 can transmit the virus to her fetus or baby during pregnancy or delivery.
Till date, the findings demonstrate that, the speedy virus has not been found in specimens of fluid around the baby in the womb or in the breast milk.
Other referring sources claim to say:
1. The journal Emerging Infectious Diseases in October 2020 stated that- Doctors of the nation of China have proclaimed the detection and decline over time of COVID-19 antibodies in babies born to women with the coronavirus disease.
2. Doctors from New York-Presbyterian/Columbia University Irving Medical Center in JAMA Pediatrics noted in October 2020 that- Transmittal of the new coronavirus from mothers to new borns is rare.
While the Celine Ng-Chan and Aldrin case did hand over some probable clues about mother-to-child transmission, the answers still are not clear-cut. What does seem assertive is that prevailing declaration adds up that delivery method, breastfeeding or sharing a room after delivery does not drop in to affect whether a baby draws the virus from his or her mother.
However, this new wedge of information bids the researchers, a new case of study whether the COVID-19 infection can be transmitted from mother to child.