Lima, March 21, 2022Updated on 03/21/2022 09:06 am
There is little chance that a pregnant woman with COVID-19 transmit the disease to your baby, particularly when the infection is mild, according to a large study published in the BritishJournal of Medicine.
“The positivity rate for SARS-CoV2 is low among babies born to an infected woman” with coronavirus, of the order of 2%, summarizes this work published in the British Journal of Medicine.
This study is important because it is one of the first of this scope to raise the question of
It is a meta-analysis, which compiles the results of hundreds of pre-existing studies, and which allows firm conclusions a priori.
It is not ruled out that a pregnant woman can transmit the disease to her baby, but it is a rare phenomenon.
It should be taken with caution because it varies depending on the circumstances. It is more common for a baby to become infected when the mother has suffered from a severe form of covid, particularly when there is a hospitalization.
In those cases of severe covid, experts recommend that babies be systematically tested. But they reject for being inadequate “separation of baby and mother at birth”simply because the mother has tested positive.
There is also no risk of transmission of the coronavirus through breast milk.
“Taken as a whole, the conclusions of this study seem reassuring,” estimates, in an editorial published in the same journal, the researcher Catherine McLean Pirkle, who was not involved in the study.
The data from this mega-study is considerable, but of uneven quality, warns the researcher. In particular, they do not allow us to clarify to what extent these rare cases of covid in babies.