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Proposal for prevention and control of the 2019 novel coronavirus disease in newborn infants
  1. Fang Li1,2,
  2. Zhi Chun Feng3,
  3. Yuan Shi1,2
  1. 1 Department of Neonatology, Chongqing Medical University Affiliated Children's Hospital, Chongqing, China
  2. 2 National Clinical Research Center for Child Health and Disorders, Chongqing, China
  3. 3 Bayi Children's Hospital, The Seventh Medical Center of Chinese PLA General Hospital, Beijing, China
  1. Correspondence to Professor Yuan Shi, Department of Neonatology, Chongqing Medical University Affiliated Children's Hospital, Chongqing 400014, China; shiyuan{at}; Professor Zhi Chun Feng; zhichunfeng81{at}

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Since the end of 2019, an outbreak of the 2019 novel coronavirus disease (COVID-19)1 has fast spread widely. By 19 February 2020, over 70 000 laboratory-confirmed COVID-19 have been reported, with over 1800 patients died. At least 12 neonates have been diagnosed with COVID-19.2 Newborn infants deserve more concern due to their immature immune system and the possibility of mother to infant transmission. Neonatologists belonging to the Chinese Neonatologist Association of Chinese Doctor Association have proposed measurements for the prevention and control of COVID-19 in neonates.

The delivery room or operating room serving suspected or confirmed infected mothers should be specially prepared, preferably with negative pressure.3 Medical staff involved must be equipped with required protective equipment. Neonatal resuscitation is performed according to the Neonatal …

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