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July 20, 2020

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

Author Affiliations
  • 1Tongji Medical College, Institute of Maternal and Child Health, Wuhan Children's Hospital, Department of Neonatology, Huazhong University of Science and Technology, Wuhan, China
  • 2Department of Neonatology, Children’s Hospital of Fudan University, Shanghai, China
JAMA Pediatr. 2020;174(10):1008-1009. doi:10.1001/jamapediatrics.2020.2156

In Reply We thank our colleagues for their thoughtful comments on our work.1 Meena et al pointed out that the shorter time of fecal shedding was found in neonates compared with children and adults. However, a study reported that the neonate with late-onset coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) presented with vomiting and diarrhea. The viral shedding time of the other sick neonate with late-onset COVID-19 in China lasted 22 days.2 Moreover, the fecal sample from some neonate with late-onset COVID-9 in our center has been positive for severe acute respiratory syndrome coronavirus 2 SARS-CoV-2 for 1 month. Therefore, the conclusion cannot be drawn that neonates presented shorter duration of viral shedding thus far.

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