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Can pregnant women’s COVID infection cause brain injury in newborns?

Thursday, Apr 6, 2023, 10:00am - 11:00am EDT


A group of physicians and scientists with the University of Miami Miller School of Medicine are releasing an important study that will be published in the journal Pediatrics on Thursday, showing that COVID-19 can cross into the placenta of pregnant women and cause brain injury in newborns, as evidenced with 2 cases they treated here in Miami. One of the infants also died at about 13 months old. Further testing of the infant’s brain specimen showed that the virus was still present in the brain at the time of death—which was over a year after birth.

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