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Newborn baby tests positive for COVID-19 — You Won’t believe What Doctors Found!

A shocking discovery was made in Washington, D.C. where a newborn baby diagnosed with COVID-19 was found to have at least 51,000 times more viral particles than other young patients who have the virus.

The Washington Post reported on Wednesday that experts can’t figure out why the unnamed child — who was born in September and has eventually recovered — had such a high viral load, but later established that the infection was a new coronavirus variant found in several other cases.

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As reported by the Post, the child was born “very sick.”

“Most infected kids barely show symptoms and even the hospitalized ones tend to have mild cases,” the Post noted.

Insider reported on Thursday that it isn’t sure whether this specific variant is more dangerous to children, but specified that its structure may make it more infectious than other strains.

“It’s not clear how common or risky this new variant might be,” Insider reported. “The database found eight other cases of this variant in the U.S. mid-Atlantic region, according to a pre-print study, which has not yet been peer-reviewed, on coronavirus variations in children.”

They noted that the variant’s distinctive type of spike protein structure “may make it more infectious.”

“It’s not clear whether this new variant explains the huge number of viral particles detected in the infant’s nose,” the outlet explained.

“It could be a complete coincidence,” the chief of infectious diseases for the Children’s National Hospital, Roberta DeBiasi, told the Post in a statement. “But the association is pretty strong. If you see a patient who has exponentially more virus and it’s a completely different variant, it is probably related.”


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She added that it is not possible to determine anything about the mutation from just one case, but the Post stated that evidence is found that a “variant with a mutation called N679S may be circulating in the mid-Atlantic region.”

As of Feb. 11, more than 3 million American children tested positive for the virus since the pandemic started, according to the Post.

“The biggest surges have occurred since mid-November when cases increased at a rate of 100,000 to 200,000 each week,” the Post wrote. “But the nation’s scant genomic sequencing has focused almost exclusively on adults.”

Adrienne Randolph, a Harvard researcher, stated that the need to expand sequencing is immediate.

“A couple of hospitals saying their cases are more severe in kids doesn’t mean nationally this is a problem,” Randolph said. “But we have to investigate. With new variants, it could be some of these kids were infected with them.”

Genomics expert at Boston Children’s Hospital Alan Beggs said that the general “take-home message” is that the U.S. is “doing poorly in identifying worrisome changes in the evolving virus.”

“This is just more evidence that needs to change,” he added.

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Source: Business Insider 

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