ELMIRA, N.Y. (WETM) – More research suggests that mothers with COVID-19 rarely transmit the virus to their newborns.
“It would appear that vertical transmission does not seem to be an issue where babies are getting the virus from the mom who has the virus and may even be symptomatic. The bigger concern was that after the baby was born, if the mom has symptoms, and if she were coughing or had congestion, runny nose, and was potentially shedding virus, the baby might get the virus that way,” said Philip Heavner, the System Chief of Pediatrics at Guthrie Clinic.
The small study looked at the outcomes of 101 babies born to COVID-19 positive women in New York earlier this Spring.
Most of the newborns roomed with their mothers and were placed in protective cribs six feet away.
Skin to Skin contact and direct breastfeeding were also encouraged, as long as the moms were masks, and washed their hands with soap and water.
Only two of the infants had tested positive for the virus but had no clinical evidence of illness.
The two babies remained well, and the researchers are unsure about how they became infected.