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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neonatologist-performed echocardiography; NoPE; targeted neonatal echocardiography; training and accreditation; higher specialist trainee
Key points
  1. NoPE provides enhanced clinical care within neonatal intensive care settings.
  2. European and UK NoPE training statements mandate collaboration between paediatric cardiology and neonatology.
  3. Collaborative NoPE training can be delivered within the UK neonatal HST programme.
  4. Formal UK certification and NoPE training programmes should be developed.

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