A new study has revealed that newborn babies are at much lower risk of contracting COVID19 during their stay in the hospital. The new findings have given relief to people who are going to be parents amid the COVID19 pandemic, which has shaken the world. In the study, scientists have found that there have been only 66 cases of COVID19 among newborn babies in the United Kingdom. These babies have been infected within one month of their birth. In the UK, nearly 10000 births have taken place in the hospitals from March 1 to April 30, this year. Scientists have taken the data from different hospitals across the UK to conclude the study. Experts have published the findings of the study in the journal Lancet Child and Adolescent Health.
Experts who have been involved in the study have clearly mentioned that neonatal SARS-CoV-2 infection is not common among babies who are admitted to the hospital. As per the report of the study, out of 66 infected newborn babies, 28 of them have been diagnosed with severe COVID19 illness. These newborns with severe COVID19 have been from Black, Asian, or minority communities. Around 17 babies have contracted the virus from their mothers within the first 7 days after birth. Seven out of these 17 babies have been infected with the virus even after being separated from their mothers. Experts believe that six of out all 66 infected babies have contracted the virus while being in the hospital. They have said that around one out of four babies has been born before 37 weeks of pregnancy.
Scientists have informed that one baby has died but due to some other illness. They as well have noted that even if mothers of these newborns are diagnosed with COVID19 before giving birth, they are unlikely to be diagnosed with the SARS-CoV-2 virus infection. The SARS-CoV-2 virus is responsible for causing COVID19 disease. Experts have confirmed that in July 88 percent of total newborn COVID19 patients have been discharged from the hospital. Towards the end of the study, nearly 90 percent of newborn babies have been fully recovered from COVID19.