Doctors in France have reported what they say is the first confirmed case of an unborn child contracting the coronavirus from their mother while still in the womb.
The case was the subject of a paper titled “Transplacental transmission of SARS-CoV-2 infection,” which was published in the peer-reviewed journal Nature Communications on Tuesday. Details of the paper were first reported by The Guardian.
Until now, there has been some limited evidence suggesting that an unborn child could catch the coronavirus from inside the womb, but the paper’s authors, from the Antoine Béclère hospital in Paris, confirmed “transplacental transmission of SARS-CoV-2” was possible.
They said that a 23-year-old woman was admitted to the hospital with a fever and cough on March 24 when she was more than 35 weeks pregnant with a boy.