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Findings from nine late-stage pregnancies wherein the mother was infected with the novel coronavirus suggest "vertical transmission" i.e., passing infection from mother to infant in utero, does not occur.
In nine pregnant women with laboratory-confirmed COVID-19 pneumonia, samples from their infants, including amniotic fluid, cord blood, and neonatal throat swab, tested negative for the virus, reported Yuanzhen Zhang, PhD, of Wuhan University in China, and colleagues, in The Lancet.
Earlier, reports from China of a neonate testing positive after being born to an infected mother had raised the possibility of vertical transmission.