Mum gives birth to baby 'with Covid-19 antibodies but without the disease'

A woman gave birth to a baby with antibodies against the corona virus.

The Singaporean mother, who was infected with the coronavirus in March when she was pregnant, gave birth to a child who did not have Covid-19.

However, the baby had antibodies against the coronavirus, which gave them protection against the deadly disease, the Straits Times newspaper reported on Sunday.

“My doctor suspects that I passed my Covid-19 antibodies to him during my pregnancy,” mother Celine Ng-Chan told the paper.

Ng-Chan was mildly ill with the disease and was released from hospital after two and a half weeks.

The World Health Organization says it is not yet known whether a pregnant woman with Covid-19 can pass the virus on to her fetus or baby during pregnancy or delivery.

To date, the active virus has not been found in fluid samples around the baby in the womb or in breast milk.

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

Transmission of the novel coronavirus from mothers to newborns is rare, doctors at the New York-Presbyterian / Columbia University Irving Medical Center reported in JAMA Pediatrics in October.

The question of when people do and when they do not receive antibodies always yields surprising answers.

Mum gives birth to baby 'with Covid-19 antibodies but without the disease'

Earlie this month, three children in a family in Australia were found to have developed Covid antibodies, despite testing negative for the coronavirus.

Researchers at the Murdoch Children’s Research Institute have detailed the unusual case in a new report.

The parents tested positive and showed symptoms of coronavirus, after attending an interstate wedding without their children.

Despite being in close contact with their infected parents, none of the three children tested positive for the virus.

However, antibody tests showed that all family members had antibodies in their saliva.

Dr. Melanie Neeland, who led the laboratory-based aspect of the report, said, “The youngest child, who showed no symptoms at all, had the strongest antibody response.

Despite the active immune cell response in all children, the levels of cytokines, molecular messengers in the blood that can trigger an inflammatory response, remained low. This was consistent with their mild or no symptoms. “