At a Bangkok hospital, newborn babies are protected with a mask. Researchers believe that pregnant women do not transmit coronavirus to babies.
The plexiglass mask covers almost half of the baby’s tiny body: Pictures of newborns, who are only a few hours old and who are to be protected against coronavirus with a face shield, go around the world.
Photos of the babies were taken at a maternity ward at Paolo Samutprakarn Hospital in Thailand’s capital, Bangkok. Preventive measures are applied there immediately after birth.
The vulnerability of infants whose mothers are affected by Sars-CoV-2 remains to be investigated. In England, a baby became infected immediately after birth. In China, 30 hours after the baby was born, doctors noticed a similar case.
Scientists suspect that the infection did not occur during pregnancy but via droplet infection. Because: The virus could not be detected in the amniotic fluid and in the umbilical cord blood of the mother.
So far, there is no broad information on how coronavirus affects babies. “No evidence of transmission could be provided for the newborns of COVID-19 positive mothers examined,” says the Robert Koch Institute website.
Image credit: Paolo Hospital Samutprakarn