Singapore studies case of baby born with covid-19 antibodies


Doctors are studying the impact of covid-19 on pregnant women and newborns in Singapore, where a baby born to an infected mother earlier this month was shown to have antibodies against the virus, but not the disease.

The ongoing study in public hospitals in the city-state expands international efforts to better understand whether the infection or antibodies can be transferred during pregnancy and whether it offers a protective shield against the virus.

The World Health Organization (WHO) says that while some pregnant women are at increased risk of developing severe cases of covid-19, it is not yet known whether an infected pregnant woman can pass the virus to the fetus or baby during pregnancy or delivery.

A Singapore resident infected with coronavirus in March, when she was pregnant, told the local newspaper Straits Times that doctors told him that his son had antibodies against the virus, but that he was born without the infection.

“It is not yet known whether the presence of these antibodies in a newborn gives a degree of protection against covid-19 infection, let alone the duration of protection,” said Tan Hak Koon, president of the Hospital’s Obstetrics and Gynecology Division. Female and Pediatric KK.

KK is one of the hospitals involved in the study of infected pregnant women in Singapore, which became known after the baby’s case was made public.

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