A newborn baby has become the youngest recorded victim of the Coronavirus after testing positive for COVID-19 after infected mother gave birth at North Middlesex University Hospital.
The mother of the child was rushed to hospital with suspected pneumonia just days before giving birth. At the time of the birth, doctors were unaware that the mother was positive for the Coronavirus
Doctors are still trying to ascertain if the newborn baby was infected whilst still in the womb or its infection came via transmission when the mother gave birth..
Medical experts announced earlier this week that pregnant women we just as much risk of catching the deadly virus as women from the general public.
North Middlesex University Hospital issued the following statement:
“One has been transferred to a specialist centre and one is being treated in an isolation room.”
“The safety of our patients and staff is our top priority, so in following guidance from Public Health England, we are regularly deep cleaning the areas where the patients are cared for and staff who were in close contact with these patients were advised to self-isolate.”
So far no COVID-19 related deaths have been reported by the either the Royal College of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists, Royal College of Midwives and Royal College of Paediatrics and Child Health.
Pregnant woman are however advised to go well-equipped birthing centres of facilities to help minimize the risks o passing on the virus to their babies/