A Case Report of Neonatal 2019 Coronavirus Disease in China

Clin Infect Dis. 2020 Jul 28;71(15):853-857. doi: 10.1093/cid/ciaa225.


In December 2019, the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) caused by the novel severe acute respiratory syndrome coronavirus 2 (SARS-CoV-2) emerged in China and now has spread in many countries. Pregnant women are a population susceptible to COVID-19 and are more likely to have complications and even progress to severe illness. We report a case of neonatal COVID-19 in China with pharyngeal swabs testing positive by real-time reverse-transcription polymerase chain reaction assay 36 hours after birth. However, whether the case is a vertical transmission from mother to child remains to be confirmed.

Keywords: COVID-19; SARS-CoV-2; novel coronavirus; pneumonia.

Publication types

  • Case Reports

MeSH terms

  • Adult
  • Betacoronavirus / pathogenicity
  • COVID-19
  • China
  • Coronavirus Infections / diagnosis*
  • Coronavirus Infections / virology*
  • Female
  • Humans
  • Infant, Newborn
  • Infant, Newborn, Diseases / diagnosis
  • Infant, Newborn, Diseases / virology
  • Infectious Disease Transmission, Vertical
  • Pandemics
  • Pneumonia, Viral / diagnosis*
  • Pneumonia, Viral / virology*
  • Pregnancy
  • Pregnancy Complications, Infectious / diagnostic imaging*
  • Pregnancy Complications, Infectious / virology*
  • SARS-CoV-2