There is "solid proof" that COVID-19-positive moms can give the infection to their unborn babies, researchers said Thursday, in discoveries that could influence how pregnant ladies are protected during the pandemic.
While there have been segregated instances of children tainted with the infection, the discoveries show the most grounded interface yet among mother and newborn child transmission.
Scientists in Italy considered 31 pregnant ladies hospitalized with COVID-19, and found the infection in an at-term placenta, umbilical rope, the vagina of one lady, and in bosom milk.
They additionally distinguished explicit COVID-19 antibodies in the umbilical ropes of a few pregnant ladies just as in milk examples.
Claudio Fenizia, from the University of Milan and lead study creator, said the discoveries "unequivocally recommend" that in-vitro transmission is conceivable.
"Given the number of contaminated individuals around the world, the number of ladies that could be influenced by this could be possibly exceptionally high," he told AFP.
Fenizia focused on that none of the babies conceived during the investigation time frame tried positive for COVID-19.
"In spite of the fact that in utero transmission is by all accounts conceivable, it is too soon to unmistakably evaluate the hazard and likely outcomes," he said.
The World Health Organization said a month ago that new moms contaminated with COVID-19 should keep breastfeeding.
"We realize that kids are at generally okay of COVID-19, however are at high danger of various different ailments and conditions that breastfeeding forestalls," said WHO boss Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus.
Among different discoveries, the group recognized a particular incendiary reaction activated by COVID-19 in the ladies' placenta and umbilical string blood plasma.
Fenizia said that the ladies considered were all in their third trimester, given the time period of Italy's pestilence, including that more examination is at present under route among COVID-19-positive ladies in the beginning phases of pregnancy.
"Our examination is planned for bringing issues to light and welcoming mainstream researchers to consider the pregnancy in positive ladies as a critical theme to additionally describe and dismember," he said.
"I accept that advancing counteraction is the more secure guidance we might give right now for these patients."
The investigation was discharged during seven days in length International AIDS Conference, held online without precedent for its history because of the pandemic.