Though the child is said to be in stable condition, the fact that he or she contracted it at all suggests that this mutating strain of coronavirus can transmit from mother to child before that child even gets the chance to take his first breath.
Sources say there were actually two cases of newborn babies testing positive for coronavirus, but that this one was the youngest at just one day and six hours old.
"The mother of the newborn was a confirmed patient of the coronavirus," reads a quote from CCTV that was cited in the South China Morning Post. "At present, the infant's vital signs are stable."
Zeng Lingkong, a senior physician in the neonatal unit at the hospital where this child was born, told the media that "we should be concerned about the possible new transmission route of the coronavirus," referring to transmission in the womb.
Pregnant women, he further added, should do everything possible to stay as far away from infected patients as possible so as to not put their unborn children at risk of falling ill.
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After initially denying that there was even an outbreak at all, the communist Chinese regime is now reluctantly admitting that not only is there a serious outbreak now occurring, but many people without symptoms are becoming carriers of the disease.
As it turns out, coronavirus can lie "dormant" within a person's body for days or even weeks before showing symptoms. And during this time, it can still silently spread to others.
Li Xingwang, the chief infectious diseases expert at Beijing Ditan Hospital, contends that most of the "dormant" carriers of coronavirus he's seen have caught it from others who did show symptoms. But there's still a risk of infection from those without symptoms.
"These [carriers] have the virus and can transmit it," he says. "The amount of the virus correlates to the severity of the illness, which means these patients carry less of the virus and their ability to transmit disease is weaker."
New guidelines issued by communist China's National Health Commission advise that people with milder symptoms such as fever, cough and fatigue, but no lung infection, be quarantined and treated to prevent the silent spread of infection to others.
These same guidelines indicate that airborne and digestive tract infections represent additional modes of potential transmission, now that coronavirus has been identified in the feces of multiple different patients, though Li still says they're only possible routes.
Meanwhile, communist China has applied for a new patent on an experimental drug that it says could treat novel coronavirus.
The Wuhan Institute of Virology, which could be where the virus originated in the first place, announced online that a patent application was filed on January 21 for the use of a drug known as remdesivir, developed by biopharmaceutical giant Gilead Sciences, to treat coronavirus.
"The drug has not been approved or licensed anywhere in the world, but has been rushed into trials in China after showing signs of effective use on coronavirus patients," notes the South China Morning Post.
"Chinese scientists have found remdesivir – and chloroquine, an 80-year-old malaria drug – 'highly effective' in laboratory studies aimed at thwarting the coronavirus," the news outlet further reports.
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