CINCINNATI (WKRC) - There appears to be at least preliminary good news about the coronavirus for women who have the virus and who are pregnant, according to a new report in the journal Lancet.
Researchers reviewed nine late-stage pregnancies where mothers were infected with COVID-19 pneumonia, the name now given to this new coronavirus sweeping China. They found there was no vertical transmission. That means it did not pass from mother to infant in utero.
They took samples from the infants' amniotic fluid, cord blood and a neonatal throat swab. All tested negative for the virus.
This was a small study and more research needs to be done, but all the mothers were tested late January in a hospital in Wuhan where this outbreak appears to have started. All the mothers were in their third trimester and between the ages of 26 and 40.
Babies were delivered by C-section. All nine were born alive, tested negative for the virus and the mothers' breast milk tested negative, as well.