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Research suggests mothers with COVID-19 rarely transmit the virus to their newborn babies

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Posted at 2:18 PM, Oct 12, 2020
and last updated 2020-10-12 14:18:07-04

More research suggests that mothers with COVID-19 rarely transmit the virus to their newborns.

The small study looked at the outcomes of 101 babies born to COVID-19 positive women in New York earlier this spring.

Most of the newborns roomed with their mothers and were placed in protective cribs six feet away.

Skin-to-skin contact and direct breastfeeding were also encouraged as long as the moms wore masks and washed their hands and breasts with soap and water.

Only two of the infants had tested positive for the virus but had no clinical evidence of illness.

The two babies remained well and the researchers are unsure how they became infected.

This research is from Columbia University Irving Medical Center and is published in JAMA Pediatrics.