Nine-day-old baby is youngest COVID-19 patient
The Campbelltown Hospital in Sydney, Australia has announced that a newborn baby Hudson is believed to be Australia’s youngest COVID-19 victim after testing positive at just nine days old.
The mother Madeline Woods contracted the virus one week before giving birth during a routine visit to the prenatal clinic.
Madeline was notified by New South Wales Health two days after giving birth to her first child that she had contracted the virus from the prenatal clinic she visited the week before.
“I had initially gone in for my induction, they said there were measures in place in terms of certain amount of people in the room, all the staff wear protective equipment, so going in I didn't feel stressed at all,” she said.
The new mother shared images of her nine-day-old son in his bed on the way to the hospital.
Since contracting the virus she's now been told she must wait eight weeks to get the jab, as is the recommended health advice.
Hudson is on the mend, with doctors saying the best thing for him is to keep feeding.
'I've been feeding on demand. The antibodies from my milk would be the best thing for him,' Maddie said.
The premier revealed health experts have provided her with modelling that shows the surge in cases will lead to more pressure on hospitals with intensive care units expected to feel the strain by early to mid-October.