By Dr. Mallika Marshall

BOSTON (CBS) – There is some reassuring news about the coronavirus and babies. A new study in the Lancet finds that newborns are at a lower risk of severe COVID-19.

Researchers at Imperial College London looked at data on babies born in the United Kingdom at the beginning of the pandemic. They found that severe COVID-19 infection was very rare in babies less than one month old.

It is also unlikely a mother will pass the virus on to her newborn, suggesting mother and baby should be kept together even if the mom is suspected of having COVID-19.

Dr. Mallika Marshall

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