Severe COVID-19 infection appears rare in newborn babies, suggests a new study.
The UK-wide analysis, led by researchers from Imperial College London and the Nuffield Department of Population Health at the University of Oxford, is the first study analysing COVID-19 infections in newborns across the whole UK.
The study, published in the journal The Lancet Child and Adolescent Health, traced all babies less than 29 days old with COVID-19 across the UK, who needed to be admitted into hospital.
The analysis, which was funded by the National Institute for Health Research, traced these babies with COVID-19 between the beginning of March and end of April, at the peak of the first wave of the UK COVID-19 pandemic. Babies were tracked using a national system called the British Paediatric Surveillance Unit that all paediatricians in the UK contribute to.
The study found 66 babies required hospital treatment for COVID-19 infection