CDC says test all newborns of mothers with confirmed, suspected COVID-19

(HealthDay)—All babies born to women with confirmed or suspected COVID-19 should be tested, according to U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention guidelines issued Wednesday.

The agency recommends that these newborns be tested 24 hours after birth, and if the test is negative, they should be retested the next day, CNN reported.

In areas of the United States where there is limited availability of testing, these newborns should be given priority, according to the CDC. Doctors should presume these newborns are infected and should keep them isolated from other newborns and temporarily keep them separate from their mothers to reduce the risk for COVID-19 transmission. If the mother tests negative for COVID-19, she can be reunited with her baby.

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