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Some babies develop COVID-19 within hours of birth, but it is not yet clear if the deadly virus was transmitted during pregnancy.

A University of New South Wales-led review of existing COVID-19 infection data found that five out of 139 newborns of infected mothers were diagnosed within several hours to a few days after birth.

But confirming transmission of COVID-19 from mother to newborn is difficult to verify, and more research is needed to find out, study lead author Dr. Nusrat Homaira of UNSW said in a statement Wednesday.

 Dr Homaira said.

The UNSW team examined a variety of international research on COVID-19, particularly in relation to children under the age of five.

An examination of 1,214 cases of Covid-infected children in 65 studies from 11 countries found that half were infants and half of the total were asymptomatic. All but one recovered.

This group is at higher risk for respiratory infections, which are one of the most common reasons children end up in the hospital.

‘Children often have asymptomatic infection, generally, and play a significant role in transmission of respiratory infections within the community,’ Dr Homaira said.

That is why immunization programs often target the under-five age group for infections like the flu.

“So we wanted to understand all of those issues in light of Covid-19,” added Dr. Homaira.

The research lines up with other studies showing that more than 90 percent of children develop mild to moderate cases of Covid-19 when they become infected.

The review, the first to specifically examine the under-five age group, was published in The Lancet Journal of Child and Adolescent Health in August.

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