The newborn’s mother was hospitalized days before the baby was born.
She had symptoms of pneumonia and was taken to a hospital in London to be treated. She was tested for the coronavirus, but did not get the results until after the baby was born. She did indeed test positive for COVID-19, which explains her pneumonia symptoms.
The baby was tested minutes after being born.
As you know, the baby also tested positive for COVID-19. The thing is that even though the baby was tested so soon after being born, it isn’t known whether the baby already had coronavirus while in the womb or was infected during the birthing process. If there is any good news to this story, it is that the baby appears to be out of danger.
The mother and child have been separated.
Since delivering the baby, the mother has been transferred to a different hospital that specializes in infections. The baby remains at North Middlesex University Hospital, which released the following statement: “Two patients at North Middlesex university hospital have tested positive for coronavirus. One has been transferred to a specialist center and one is being treated in an isolation room.”
What is the hospital doing to prevent the spread of the virus?
“The safety of our patients and staff is our top priority, so in following guidance from Public Health England, we are regularly deep cleaning the areas where the patients are cared for and staff who were in close contact with these patients were advised to self-isolate,” Britain's National Health Service said in its statement. It’s not enough for hospitals to care for patients who are infected, they also have to work hard to stop the spread of the virus. We all have to work hard to stop the spread of the virus.