Babies born to Covid-19 mothers have antibodies, Singapore study finds: health

All five babies born to Covid-19-infected women during a study in Singapore had antibodies to the virus, though researchers said it’s not yet clear what level of protection it can offer.

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Results of a study of 16 women released Friday also found that most were mildly infected, while more severe reactions occurred in older women with a high BMI, a trend that is mirrored in the general population.

Of the five who had given birth before the study was published, all had antibodies, according to the Singapore Obstetrics and Gynecology Research Network.

The number of antibodies in infants varied and was higher among those whose mothers had been infected closer to the time of delivery, the researchers said. Further monitoring is needed to see if the antibodies will decline as children get older, they added.

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