The First Baby Born with Coronavirus
At the start of February, China confirmed the case of the first baby born with coronavirus. This virus, which is now a worldwide pandemic, can produce everything from a common cold to pneumonia with respiratory failure.
Therefore, in this article we’re going to tell you some facts about the virus and the latest news about the case of the infected baby.
What is coronavirus?
Coronaviruses are a family of viruses of unknown origin. There are different types of coronaviruses. They can cause everything from a common cold to pneumonia or, in its most severe form, respiratory failure.
In December 2019, the first cases of a new type of coronavirus were detected in the Chinese city of Wuhan. Since then, the spread has been rapid.
Although the number of people in whom coronaviruses have been confirmed is very high, mortality from this type of virus is currently low.
What symptoms does it produce?
Coronavirus infection usually produces symptoms similar to those of a common flu-like illness. Among them, we can find the following:
- Runny nose
- General discomfort
- Muscle pain
- Runny nose
- Fever and chills
- Sore throat and headache
The infection may be asymptomatic, the person may experience the symptoms above, or there may be complications, such as pneumonia or respiratory failure in the most severe cases.
These more serious cases usually occur in the most vulnerable people: the elderly, newborn babies or people with a depressed immune system.
Treatment and how to prevent it
There is no effective treatment for this type of virus at present. The treatment will be of the symptoms, controlling the fever, the pain, and trying to keep the patient in a good general condition.
It’s also necessary to be alert to the appearance of possible complications, especially in the most susceptible people.
This is why it’s important to try to avoid person-to-person transmission. To do this, the most important thing is proper hygiene. This hygiene must be basic general hygiene, and special care must be taken in hand hygiene.
You mustn’t have contact with people who are already infected but, if this cannot be avoided, you must cover your eyes, nose, and mouth properly.
The first baby born with coronavirus
A medical team recently confirmed the first case of a baby with coronavirus. The baby tested positive for coronavirus at just 30 hours old.
The baby’s mother had already tested positive for coronavirus before the birth. Doctors say this could be the first case of mother-to-child transmission in the womb.
The baby was born in good general condition and at an appropriate weight. She had no fever, cough, mucus, or other general symptoms. However, she was beginning to show respiratory distress, and did have minor damage to her heart.
We received the news that, thankfully, 17 days after being diagnosed with the disease, the little girl was declared virus-free without even having received treatment for the virus.
COVID-19 is currently an epidemic due to its fast rate of contagion. There is still a relatively low mortality rate, but it’s causing worldwide disruption and panic as we speak.
The birth of this baby shows that transmission from an infected mother to her fetus is possible during pregnancy. This will require increased precautions in the case of pregnant women with the possibility of infection.
Babies who have already been born and whose mothers have tested positive for coronavirus during pregnancy will also be monitored more closely.It might interest you...
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