Newborn diagnosed with coronavirus just 30 hours after birth

Newborn diagnosed with coronavirus just 30 hours after birth

A newborn baby has been diagnosed with the coronavirus just 30 hours after being born - becoming the youngest person to be recorded of the SARS-like disease so far, BBC News reports.

The child was born on February 2, in Wuhan, China - the epicenter of the deadly outbreak. Chinese state media outlet Xinhua reported news of the infection on Wednesday evening (February 5).

Prior to being born, the child's mother tested positive for the virus, but doctors are still uncertain how the disease was transmitted to the child - in the womb or after the birth. Xinhua also reported that the child was born weighing 7lbs 2oz, and is currently under observation after being declared in a stable condition.

Speaking to Business Insider, Stephen Morse, an epidemiologist at the Mailman School of Public Health at Columbia University, said of the case: "It's more likely that the baby contracted the virus from the hospital environment, the same way healthcare workers get infected by the patients they treat.

"It's quite possible that the baby picked it up very conventionally - by inhaling virus droplets that came from the mother coughing."

The Chinese medical worker was filmed breaking down as a result of the stress the outbreak has caused:

Currently, the coronavirus has killed 563 people and infected 28,018 - most of them in China. Only a handful of children have been diagnosed with the virus.

Per the Insider, a recent study published in the New England Journal of Medicine suggested that "children might be less likely to become infected or, if infected, may show milder symptoms" than adults.

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Per the National Health Commission China, there is still another 24,702 suspected cases of the virus, with 186,354 individuals currently under medical watch. Only 1,153 individuals have been declared cured of the virus.

Per the BBC, Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus, the chief of the World Health Organization (WHO), has declared the outbreak a global health emergency, and yesterday, appealed for $675 million (£520 million) to fund a three-month response plan.

Last month, the world was astounding by the efforts China went to in order to build a hospital in a matter of days:

The majority of the funds would go to nations that need help protecting citizens against the virus - with plans to send some 500,000 masks and 40,000 respirators would be sent to 24 at-risk countries.