Can A Mother Transmit The Covid-19 Virus To Foetus Or Newborn?

A three-day-old baby and his mother tested positive for COVID-19 in a private lab in Mumbai, but subsequently tested negative in Kasturba Hospital.


  1. It is still unclear whether a pregnant woman runs the risk of transmitting the virus to her baby during pregnancy. Experts cite the recent history of vertical maternal-foetal transmission of such emerging viral infections as the Zika virus, Ebola virus, Marburg virus and other agents.

  2. While there is no concrete evidence for vertical transmission of SARS-CoV2 from mother to foetus, it is known that pregnancy involves a risk, after birth, of adverse outcomes from many respiratory viral infections.

  3. A virus may be transmitted after delivery either from mother during breastfeeding or from the hospital environment, various experts have said.

  4. The World Health Organization notes that there is no evidence yet to show that pregnant women are more vulnerable or are at a higher risk of severe illness from COVID-19 than the general population. 

Source : Indian Express

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