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Small NY study: Mother-baby transmission of COVID-19 not seen

Key clinical point: It appears that the coronavirus does not hurt the fetus during labor or during the early postnatal period in both preterm and term infants.

Major finding: Of 31 infants born to COVID-19–positive mothers, all infants tested negative, including two preterm babies.

Study details: Prospective study of 329 women tested for SARS-CoV-2 on admission to labor and delivery during the height of the COVID-19 surge in New York.

Disclosures: The authors declared no external funding and no potential conflicts of interest.


Perlman J et al. Pediatrics. 2020;146(2):e20201567.