Singaporean mother gives birth to infant with COVID-19 antibodies

To date, the functioning virus has not been found in samples of fluid around babies in the womb or breast milk.

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  • A Singaporean woman has given birth to an infant with antibodies against the coronavirus.
  • The woman was positive with COVID-19 in March when she was pregnant.
  • The unique discovery might give a new clue as to whether the infection can be transferred from mother to child.

Celine Ng-Chan gave birth to a baby who has antibodies against the coronavirus. (STRAIT TIMES / TIMOTHY DAVID)

A Singaporean woman, who was pregnant when she was positive with COVID-19 in March, has reportedly given birth to an infant with antibodies against the coronavirus.

According to the Straits Times, the baby was born this month and did not have COVID-19 but has the virus antibodies.

(STRAIT TIMES)

“My doctor suspects I’ve transferred my COVID-19 antibodies to him during my pregnancy,” Celine Ng-Chan told the newspaper.

Ng-Chan had been only mildly ill from the disease and was discharged from hospital after two and a half weeks, it said.

Celine Ng-Chan and her son Aldrin Zaccheus Chan. (STRAIT TIMES / TIMOTHY DAVID)
Rare transmission

The World Health Organization (WHO) states it is unknown whether a pregnant woman with COVID-19 can transfer the virus to her fetus or baby during either pregnancy or delivery.

To date, the functioning virus has not been found in samples of fluid around babies in the womb or breast milk.

According to an article printed in October in the journal Emerging Infectious Diseases, doctors in China have reported the detection and reduction over time of COVID-19 antibodies in babies born to women with coronavirus.

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Transmission of the coronavirus from mothers to babies is rare, doctors from the NewYork-Presbyterian/Columbia University Irving Medical Centre reported in October in JAMA Pediatrics.

While Singapore has recorded just slightly around than 58,000 COVID infections, there are over 62.7 million infections worldwide, with at least 1.45 million reported deaths, according to data gathered by the Johns Hopkins University.

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