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Comment & Response
July 20, 2020

Vertical Transmission of Severe Acute Respiratory Syndrome Coronavirus 2 From the Mother to the Infant

Author Affiliations
  • 1Pediatric Division, Department of Primary Care, Balearic Health Authority, La Vileta Surgery, Palma de Mallorca, Spain
  • 2Balearic Institute of Medical Research (IdISBa), Palma de Mallorca, Spain
  • 3Division of Accidents & Emergency, Department of Primary Care, Balearic Health Authority, La Vileta Surgery, Palma de Mallorca, Spain
  • 4Neonatal Unit, Department of Pediatrics. Hospital de la Santa Creu i Sant Pau, Barcelona, Spain
JAMA Pediatr. Published online July 20, 2020. doi:10.1001/jamapediatrics.2020.2141

To the Editor Although coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) cases are rare in neonates, Zeng et al1 have collected data on 33 neonates born to mothers with COVID-19. As far as we know, previous detailed clinical and laboratory information was available for more than 30 neonates delivered by women who tested positive for SARS-CoV-2.2 In the Zeng et al cohort,1 3 infants (9%) presented with symptomatic COVID-19 infection. The authors provide details on maternal features, delivery type, gestational age, birth weight, sex, or asphyxia, among others. However, similarly to previous data regarding perinatal severe acute respiratory syndrome coronavirus 2 (SARS-CoV-2) infection, they have not paid attention to feeding type.

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