Infant Journal
for neonatal and paediatric healthcare professionals

Neonatal SARS-CoV-2 infection: is this a vertical transmission?

Neonatal COVID-19, its manifestations and transmission, remains unclear. As the pandemic continues more evidence will emerge but so far, vertical transmission of COVID-19 is rare with just a few reports in the literature.1 We share our experience of managing a preterm newborn with COVID-19 in our neonatal intensive care unit (NICU) where the vertical route seems the most likely mode of transmission.

Femi Adeniyi
ST6 Paediatrics

Sanjeev Rath
Neonatal Consultant

Yewande Wey
MTI Fellow

Arrowe Park Hospital, Wirral University Teaching Hospital NHS Foundation Trust

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COVID-19; personal protective equipment; infection control
Key points
  1. The current COVID-19 outbreak has raised concern about providing high quality neonatal care while minimising risk to staff.
  2. Simulation can help address these challenges by promoting teamwork and testing logistics in novel situations.

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VOLUME 16, ISSUE 3, MAY 2020
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