The baby was having difficulty breathing.
X-rays revealed signs of infection, and doctors also discovered the baby’s liver functions were off. The virus is especially dangerous to those who have vulnerable immune systems, like newborn babies. “This reminds us to pay attention to mother-to-child being a possible route of coronavirus transmission,” said the chief physician of Wuhan Children Hospital’s neonatal medicine department, Zeng Lingkong.
What exactly is 2019 novel coronavirus?
As you can see from this video put out by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, the 2019 novel coronavirus is a new coronavirus. It hasn't been seen in humans before, and because it is so new, there is still a lot to learn about it.
There is still much to learn about how the Wuhan coronavirus can be spread.
The CDC has stated that there is still a lot to learn about how 2019-nCoV spreads. According to the CDC, so far, “knowledge is largely based on what is known about similar coronaviruses.”
What is known is that for the most part, the virus is spread from person to person through saliva or “respiratory droplets” that are expelled into the air when a person coughs or sneezes. It still isn’t clear if you can get 2019-nCoV from touching a surface that has the virus on it and then touching your mouth, nose, or eyes. And now that an infant born to a mother with the virus has tested positive for coronavirus, it brings up a whole other possible way that the disease might be transmitted.
How is the baby doing?
The baby is being cared for at Wuhan Children’s Hospital, the hospital the Chinese government has designated to care for all children who have coronavirus. So far, the newborn is stable and being monitored. We hope that both the baby and the mother recover without any further complications.