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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neonatal paediatric transport; ambulance; noise exposure; hearing loss; occupational health
Key points
  1. Noise exposure and impact on hearing was assessed in babies transferred by the West of Scotland Neonatal Transport team over a period of 18 months.
  2. No hearing loss was demonstrated following inter-hospital transfer; however, noise reduction is still required and chronic noise exposure is still of concern.

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