Pregnant Women Unlikely to Pass COVID-19 to their Unborn Babies - Study

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  • A study funded by the National Institutes of Health has suggested that pregnant women who are infected with COVID-19 during their third trimester are unlikely to pass it to their newborns
  • The study monitored 127 pregnant women who were admitted to Boston Hospitals during spring of 2020
  • Among the 64 pregnant women who tested positive for SARS-CoV-2, no newborns tested positive for the virus
  • The study evaluated levels of the virus in respiratory, blood, and placental tissue samples and the development of maternal antibodies in pregnant women who got the infection during their third trimester
  • The researchers found that pregnant women with COVID-19 had detectable levels of the virus in respiratory fluids, such as saliva and nasal droplets, but found no virus in the bloodstream and placenta