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Newborn has antibodies against the coronavirus

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Specializes in Education, FP, LNC, Forensics, ED, OB. Has 30 years experience.

SmilingBluEyes

Specializes in Specializes in L/D, newborn, GYN, LTC, Dialysis. Has 24 years experience.

I am glad to read this. I hope this becomes more common!

CABGpatch_RN, BSN

Specializes in Critical Care. Has 20 years experience.

This is super encouraging.  Thanks for posting!

adventure_rn, BSN

Specializes in NICU, PICU.

IMO it's kind of unsurprising, as maternal antibodies are well known to pass through the placenta (called 'passive immunity'). Unfortunately, maternal antibodies decline after birth, and there's no reason to think that the babies would be able to make more.

During this time, while we're still getting the pandemic under control, this is definitely good news. However, if the pandemic continues to linger or becomes endemic (like the flu), it probably won't have any meaningful longer-term protection.

It will be a huge deal if they find that the antibodies can be passed to the baby through breast milk, since that would offer longer-term coverage.

sirI, MSN, APRN, NP

Specializes in Education, FP, LNC, Forensics, ED, OB. Has 30 years experience.

6 hours ago, adventure_rn said:

It will be a huge deal if they find that the antibodies can be passed to the baby through breast milk, since that would offer longer-term coverage.

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