The mother was admitted to the hospital with symptoms, but it was only after she gave birth that her test revealed she was positive for coronavirus.
The entire world currently seems to be gripped in the dangers of the coronavirus outbreak, which has spread at an alarming rate and reached the corners of the globe. For a while now, headlines everyday are reporting cases of new victims who are being tested positive from different parts of the world.
Making a disheartening addition to the list of victims is now a newborn baby in England, the youngest to be tested positive for the deadly virus, according to The Sun.
Days before giving birth, the mother was rushed to a hospital in London with suspected pneumonia. She was tested at North Middlesex Hospital, however, it was only after her birth that her results revealed she was positive.
Minutes after the little one's birth, the baby was tested positive for the life-threatening medical condition. In the span of one night, the mother found herself separated from her baby as doctors were treating them in two different places. The mother had to be shifted to a specialist infections hospital while her baby stayed behind.
After it was known that the mother and baby were tested positive, the hospital is trying to take precautionary measures to protect all those who came in close contact with the two patients.
"Two patients at North Middlesex University hospital have tested positive for coronavirus. One has been transferred to a specialist centre and one is being treated in an isolation room," the North Middlesex University Hospital NHS Trust said in a statement, according to Business Insider. "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." The baby is still under treatment at the hospital.
What medical professionals are now trying to understand is whether the newborn was infected in the womb or during birth.
"Health officials are urgently trying to find out the circumstances behind their infections," a source said, according to The Sun.
Although the number of individuals being tested positive for the virus is gradually rising in London, health officials say that pregnant women and babies are not at high risk and will most likely present only mild symptoms. At the moment, it is believed that healthy babies need not be separated from infected mothers, based on the advice given by the Royal College of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists.
GOV.UK also highlights that there is currently no evidence suggesting that the virus can be transmitted while breastfeeding babies. However, precautions must still be taken and they suggest washing hands before touching the baby and items that will come in contact with the baby such as breast pumps or bottles. While breastfeeding, it is also important to avoid coughing and sneezing.
If you have children at home, it is best not to keep them in the dark, according to Child Mind Institute. Have discussions with them about the coronavirus so that they are informed on what's going on, yet not overwhelmed by too much information.
Jamie Howard, PhD, a child psychologist at the Child Mind Institute, said, "Kids feel empowered when they know what to do to keep themselves safe."
Ideally, you want to reassure so make sure you, yourself are not feeling anxious when you talk to them about it.
"Let them know that the lines of communication are going to be open,” said Janine Domingues, PhD, a child psychologist at the Child Mind Institute. "You can say, 'Even though we don’t have the answers to everything right now, know that once we know more, mom or dad will let you know, too.'"