Lack of Vertical Transmission of Severe Acute Respiratory Syndrome Coronavirus 2, China

Emerg Infect Dis. 2020 Jun;26(6):1335-1336. doi: 10.3201/eid2606.200287. Epub 2020 Jun 17.


A woman with coronavirus disease in her 35th week of pregnancy delivered an infant by cesarean section in a negative-pressure operating room. The infant was negative for severe acute respiratory coronavirus 2. This case suggests that mother-to-child transmission is unlikely for this virus.

Keywords: 2019 novel coronavirus disease; COVID-19; China; SARS-CoV-2; Severe acute respiratory syndrome coronavirus 2; coronaviruses; pregnancy; respiratory infections; vertical transmission; viruses.

Publication types

  • Case Reports

MeSH terms

  • Adult
  • Betacoronavirus
  • COVID-19
  • Cesarean Section
  • China
  • Coronavirus Infections / therapy
  • Coronavirus Infections / transmission*
  • Female
  • Humans
  • Infant, Newborn
  • Infectious Disease Transmission, Vertical
  • Male
  • Pandemics
  • Pneumonia, Viral / therapy
  • Pneumonia, Viral / transmission*
  • Pregnancy
  • SARS-CoV-2