Transmission of SARS-CoV-2 infection mother to the newborn


  • Bonifacio Caballero Obstetric and Perinatal Care Division, Medical Care Unit, Social Security Mexican Institute (IMSS), Mexico City
  • Daniel Caballero Faculty of Higher Studies (FES) Zaragoza, National Autonomous University of Mexico (UNAM), Mexico City, Mexico



COVID-19, Newborns, Pregnancy, Vertical transmission, SARS-CoV-2


The emergence of the new corona virus infection that occurred in Wuhan, the capital city of China's Hubei province in December 2019 initially labeled 2019-nCoV and later named SARS-CoV-2, has spread in several countries around the world and subsequently raised concerns about the possibility of vertical transmission from the mother to the fetus, producing its disease named COVID-19. Around 12 articles about pregnant women infected with COVID-19 and their newborns have been published between February 10 and April 4, 2020. So far, there are few reports on newborns. There is currently evidence of vertical transmission from pregnant women with COVID-19 infection during the third trimester. The results of this report suggest that currently there is evidence of intrauterine infection caused by vertical transmission in women who develop COVID-19 pneumonia and die in late pregnancy. However, most of these newborns have been asymptomatic or mildly symptomatic, but as the outbreak and information are changing rapidly, it is recommended to continue to check for updates.

Author Biography

Bonifacio Caballero, Obstetric and Perinatal Care Division, Medical Care Unit, Social Security Mexican Institute (IMSS), Mexico City

Coordinador de programas médicos


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