One of the top medical doctors in the UK has recently revealed that some babies born to mothers that were infected with the dreaded coronavirus have already developed antibodies against the disease. Dr. Patrick O’Brien, who is the vice president of the Royal College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists, explained that an exiguous number of newborns have already developed an immune response against COVID-19, despite still being inside the womb.
Essentially, antibodies are substances that the body produces in response to an infection. These are then stored by the immune system to fight off the very same virus, should it come again in the future. IgM antibodies are antibodies that the body first produces upon becoming infected and they cannot be transferred from mothers to their children through the placenta, which means that the babies must have somehow developed their own IgM antibodies.
IgM antibodies are formed very early and they basically cause the immune system to destroy the virus. Different types of antibodies, such as IgG antibodies, store the memories of what to attack for tears after someone has been infected. The presence of IgM antibodies seems to indicate that the life-threatening disease has been passed by mothers to their unborn children in the womb. Some experts in the matter were instead arguing that newborn with COVID-19 got it from their mothers after they were born, or perhaps got it from medical staff, such as a doctor or midwife.
This news was made public as part of UK’s first big study into the effect of coronavirus on soon-to-be mothers. The study analyzed 427 women that were infected with the disease all across the United Kingdom. On the very same day, a healthy 13-day-old baby became the youngest COVID-19 victim in Britain. For now, it is unclear how the baby, whose gender was not revealed to the press, became ill.