1st Case of COVID-19 Transmission to Unborn Baby Reported

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According to a study published in France Tuesday, the first case of a mother transmitting COVID-19 to her unborn baby has been reported. 

The 23-year-old woman was admitted to a hospital in Paris with a high fever and a cough. She tested positive for the coronavirus and gave birth by cesarean section.

The virus was detected in the infant boy and doctors found evidence of inflammation in the newborn's brain, a symptom of COVID-19.

Doctors told USA Today, they believe the virus had infected the baby’s bloodstream by way of the placenta.

“The placenta showed signs of acute and chronic intervillous inflammation consistent with the severe systemic maternal inflammatory status triggered by SARS-CoV-2 infection,” the case study’s authors told USA Today. 

The infant was discharged after spending over two weeks in the hospital. 

Despite ongoing arguments and conspiracy theories over the use and effectiveness of face-coverings to stymie the transmission of COVID-19, Director for the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, Dr. Robert Redfield, made himself very clear when he said,  "over the next six weeks we could drive [the virus> into the ground."

More than 300 children in child care centers in Texas have tested positive for COVID-19. 

According to the Texas Tribune, as of July 2,  there were 950 reported positive cases of COVID-19 — 307 children and 643 staff members — at 668 child care locations.