COVID-19: Breastfeeding mothers cannot infect babies with coronavirus - WHO

COVID-19: Breastfeeding mothers cannot infect babies with coronavirus - WHO

- Breastfeeding mothers cannot pass COVID-19 to their infants, World Health Organisation (WHO) has said

- The organisation says no live coronavirus has been found in infected mothers' milk

- According to WHO, the benefits of breastfeeding outweigh any potential risks of transmission

- The pandemic that the world is currently battling with has claimed a lot of lives and many people are still infected

- The outbreak started in China in December 2019 before spreading to other countries of the world

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The World Health Organisation (WHO) has said breastfeeding does not pose a risk of mother-to-child transmission of COVID-19.

The organisation said the benefits of breastfeeding outweigh any potential risks of transmission, ABS CBN News reports.

YEN.com.gh gathers that the director-general of WHO, Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus, said the organisation carefully investigated the risks of breastfeeding mothers transmitting COVID-19 to their babies.

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COVID-19: Breastfeeding mothers cannot infect babies with coronavirus - WHO

A breastfeeding mother and her child. Photo credit: Lifealth
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Addressing a news conference on Friday, June 14, the WHO director general said: "We know that children are at relatively low risk of COVID-19, but are at high risk of numerous other diseases and conditions that breastfeeding prevents."

Ghebreyesus concluded: "Based on the available evidence, WHO’s advice is that the benefits of breastfeeding outweigh any potential risks of transmission of COVID-19."

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Meanwhile, YEN.com.gh also reported that Prince Harry, a member of the British Royal Family and the younger son of Prince Charles, the Prince of Wales and Lady Diana, has applauded 95-year-old Private Joseph Hammond a World War II veteran.

In a report published by the CNN, and sighted by YEN.com.gh, Prince Harry indicated in a letter that the Ghanaian old soldier brought a huge smile to his face with his heroic action.

It would be recalled that Hammond raised £18,000 (GHC 130k) to support frontline workers and vulnerable veterans in Africa as his contribution towards the fight against the coronavirus pandemic

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