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SINGAPORE - A Singaporean woman who was infected with the new coronavirus in March while pregnant gave birth to a baby with antibodies to the virus, offering new clues as to whether the infection can be transmitted from mother to child.
What are coronavirus antibody tests?
After recovering from a coronavirus, most people use antibodies.
The baby was born this month without COVID-19 but with antibodies, the Times reported Sunday, citing the mother.
"My doctor suspects I gave her COVID-19 antibodies during pregnancy," Celine Ng Chan told the newspaper.
Ng Chan was slightly ill with the disease and was released from the hospital two and a half weeks later, the Times Strait reported.
Ng Chan and the National University Hospital (NUH) where she gave birth did not immediately respond to a request to comment on the situation.
According to the World Health Organization, it is not yet known whether a pregnant woman with VIDOC-19 will be able to transmit the virus to her fetus or baby during pregnancy or delivery.
So far, no active virus has been detected in fluid samples around the baby in the womb or in breast milk.
According to an article published in the Journal of Emerging Infectious Diseases in October, doctors in China reported the discovery and decline of antibodies to COVID-19 over time in babies born to women with ischemic disease.
Transmission of the new coronavirus from mother to newborn is rare, doctors at New York's Presbyterian/Columbia University in Irving told the JAMA Pediatric Center in October. (report by Aradhana Aravindaan in Singapore, additional report by Chen Lin Edited by Robert Birsel)