In the last three months the whole world is being affected by the coronavirus leaving millions of people in fear of being infected. It has spread so fast that some countries have become paralyzed in their normal function.
WHO – the World Health Organization declared the COVID-19 pandemic. In just one day, more than 200 people were infected by the virus in UK, and the spread of infections has come to about 800 with 11 deaths in total. However, the government officials warned that the real number of infected people might be up to 10,000.
A UK baby is the official youngest patient of COVID-19
Every person is at risk of getting a coronavirus, even infants are not protected from this virus like the newborn baby in England that has been tested for coronavirus and it is positive. This makes this baby the official youngest victim of coronavirus in the whole world. The mother while pregnant was brought to a hospital with suspected pneumonia, but after her delivery it was found out that she was positive to the virus.
Both of them are now patients that are being treated for this virus, and the mother is in worse state that she had to be moved to a specialist infection hospital. Her baby is being treated at North Middlesex Hospital.
Once the doctors realized that the mother was positive for this virus, they almost immediately tested the baby after it was born. The medical experts are now investigating whether the virus was contracted via the womb or during the delivery.
However, the guidelines by the Royal College of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists are that healthy babies should not be separated from infected mothers so that they are breastfed.
The health officials state that pregnant women and babies are at a low risk from coronavirus and if they get infected they would most likely develop only mild symptoms. The highest mortality rate is among seniors. The official statement is that “more severe symptoms such as pneumonia appear to be more common in older people, those with weakened immune systems or long-term conditions”, and up to now there are “no reported deaths of pregnant women from coronavirus “.
The coronavirus was also determined in two patients at the North Middlesex University Hospital. The NHS trust reported:
“Two patients at North Middlesex university hospital have tested positive for coronavirus. One has been transferred to a specialist center and one is being treated in an isolation room.
The safety of our patients and staff is our top priority, so in following guidance from Public Health England, we are regularly deep cleaning the areas where the patients are cared for and staff who were in close contact with these patients were advised to self-isolate.”
In the last months the epicenter of the virus was in China, but now is Europe like Italy and Spain that have increased rate in infections and deaths. Hence, many governments have enforced isolation and quarantine in order to prevent further spread of the virus.