17-day-old baby overcomes coronavirus in China

17-day-old baby overcomes coronavirus in China

A 17-day-old baby has recovered from the symptoms of the coronavirus without being given any specific antiviral medication. The girl is the youngest p

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A 17-day-old baby has recovered from the symptoms of the coronavirus without being given any specific antiviral medication. The girl is the youngest person to have overcome the illness in China. She was born on 5th February at Hubei Provincial People’s Hospital Wuhan, Central China – the epicentre of the Covid-19 outbreak.

According to ladbible.com, at the time of her birth, the girl’s mum had already been diagnosed with the novel coronavirus. The child was then diagnosed with the disease at Wuhan Children’s Hospital four days later.

Doctor Zeng Lingkong and his team in the hospital’s neonatal ward provided round-the-clock care for the baby, who was eventually moved into isolation in order to protect other children from contracting the virus. Fortunately, the young girl developed none of the more serious symptoms associated with the deadly, pneumonia-like disease.

Dr Zeng said they did not prescribe any antiviral drugs and the child remained stable. “The child was transferred to us on 5 February. Her mum had a chest infection, and she tested positive too after arriving. Her heart was a bit weak, but we treated that. Because the novel coronavirus is new, it is not entirely clear how newborns are affected. We must also be very careful when administering antiviral drugs to newborns,” the specialist said.

“As her condition did not appear to significantly worsen, we did not prescribe any particular antiviral medicines. Her treatment was very successful. She had no breathing difficulties, fevers or coughing. She remained stable throughout the 16 days of treatment, and has now twice tested negative for the Covid-19. She meets the standards for discharge.”

The girl was reunited with her family members last week (21 February), although her mother remains in quarantine.

Since the outbreak began earlier this year, around 80,000 cases of Covid-19 have been reported worldwide, with more than 2,600 people having died as a result.