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If I have coronavirus, can I pass it to my baby during pregnancy or delivery?

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According to a few reports, some newborns have tested positive for COVID-19. But that doesn’t necessarily mean they picked it up from their mothers in the womb. The most common way to get COVID-19 is through droplets that a sick person coughs or sneezes. Knowing this, experts believe it’s more likely that infected babies picked it up from droplets after birth from their mother or a caregiver.

From: Coronavirus and Pregnancy WebMD Medical Reference

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Denise Jamieson, MD, MPH, the James Robert McCord Professor & Chair, Department of Gynecology & Obstetrics, Emory University School of Medicine.

UpToDate: “Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19).”

Harvard Health Publishing: “Pregnant and worried about the new coronavirus?”

CDC: “Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19) Pregnancy & Breastfeeding.”

Reviewed by Michael W. Smith on March 23, 2020

SOURCES:

Denise Jamieson, MD, MPH, the James Robert McCord Professor & Chair, Department of Gynecology & Obstetrics, Emory University School of Medicine.

UpToDate: “Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19).”

Harvard Health Publishing: “Pregnant and worried about the new coronavirus?”

CDC: “Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19) Pregnancy & Breastfeeding.”

Reviewed by Michael W. Smith on March 23, 2020

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