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Can a pregnant woman spread the coronavirus to her fetus?

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Posted at 4:56 AM, Jul 16, 2020
and last updated 2020-07-16 05:56:37-04

Can a pregnant woman spread the coronavirus to her fetus? Probably, but it seems to happen rarely and there’s a good explanation for why that is.

Many viruses can cross the placenta and infect a fetus in the womb, and recent reports from Italy and France suggest the coronavirus sometimes can too.

Other work led by the National Institutes of Health gives a possible reason why fetuses aren’t infected more often: cells in the placenta rarely make the two tools that the coronavirus typically uses to gain entry.

The advice to pregnant women remains the same: Avoid infection by wearing a mask, washing hands and practicing social distancing.