A first took place in France in cases of coronavirus. It was found that an unborn baby has coronavirus in the womb. Doctors who published an article on the subject stated that this is a first.
While coronavirus cases continue all over the world, doctors in France reported a case that they were talking about for the first time. Doctors explained that an unborn child was still caught in the coronavirus while still in the mother’s womb.
This case was discussed in the article “Transplacental transmission of SARS-CoV-2 infection” in the journal Nature Communications.
The first case of coronavirus in the unborn child
To date, there is little evidence that an unborn child will catch coronavirus in the womb, but the authors of the study have confirmed that transplacentasal passage of SARS-CoV-2 is likely.
The researchers said he was admitted to the hospital on 24 March with a complaint of fever and cough while pregnant with a child older than 35 weeks. The mother who had positive coronavirus test had a cesarean delivery and the baby was taken to the maternity emergency care unit.
Doctors said that the baby also had a positive coronavirus test but discarded his illness and was discharged 18 days later. It was stated that the possibility of the baby getting infected with the virus after birth was eliminated. The author of the study used the phrase “Acute and chronic intervascular inflammation shown by the placenta is compatible with the severe systemic mother’s inflammatory state triggered by the SARS-CoV-2 infection”.
Doctors stated that there are similar cases of babies born with coronavirus, but they have not been able to tell whether the baby has ever been caught in the uterus by the coronavirus. In Italy, studies conducted on 31 women in March and April found some evidence that unborn babies could get coronavirus from their mothers.
“We have shown that transplacentasal transmission of the SARS-CoV-2 infection is possible during the last weeks of birth,” doctors in France said. The author of the study, Daniele De Luca, said such cases are very rare. De Luca also stated that in most cases there will be no harm to the baby.
It is not yet known whether the coronavirus has a long-term effect on pregnant women and their unborn children who have a positive test.