CAMBRIDGE (CBS) — A new study from Havard Medical School finds pregnant women are unlikely to pass the coronavirus to their newborns.
Researchers looked at 127 pregnant women admitted to three Boston hospitals in 2020. About half tested positive for COVID-19, but none of their babies did.READ MORE: Nor'easter To Bring Heavy Rain, High Winds, Possible Flooding And Potentially Days Of Power Outages
The study found the virus in the mothers’ respiratory fluids, but not in the bloodstream or placenta.READ MORE: Mask Mandate In Massachusetts Schools Extended Into Jan. 2022
Most of the women who had the virus developed antibodies, but the transfer of those antibodies to newborns through the placenta was significantly lower than the transfer of anti-flu antibodies, the study found.
The researchers said their work suggests that pregnant women are “a key population to consider in vaccine rollouts.”MORE NEWS: Patrick Chung, Former Patriots Safety, Charged With Assaulting Woman