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  • A female baby who was diagnosed with the novel coronavirus (COVID-19) just hours after birth has fully recovered more than 2 weeks later, Metro.co.uk reports. 

    Baby girl Xiao Xiao, the youngest person to contract the disease, was born on February 2, 2020 at a hospital in Wuhan, China, which is the center of the epidemic. Her mother was infected with the coronavirus while pregnant with her, but it is unclear whether the virus was passed on by blood or by close proximity to her mother. Baby Xiao Xiao was later transferred to Wuhan Children's Hospital, where she was also diagnosed to have a mild heart disease. 

    Nonetheless, the doctors decided to only treat the newborn's heart disease since she did not exhibit any symptoms of the novel coronavirus.

    Dr. Zeng Lingkong of the Wuhan Children's Hospital Department of Neonatology said, "She did not have obvious difficulties in breathing, did not cough or have fevers, therefore we only gave her treatment for her myocardial condition," reports media outlet CCTV.

    Two weeks later, 17-day-old baby Xiao Xiao's test results reveal she has recovered fully both from the novel coronavirus and her heart disease. After four tests came back negative, she was discharged from the hospital and allowed to go home with her mother. 

    An earlier news report says that kids and babies who get infected with the coronavirus tend to show milder symptoms than the adults who catch the virus. It is thought that this is because our immune system, which is the body's natural defense mechanism, deteriorates with age.

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    To date, the novel coronavirus has infected almost 90,000 in almost 70 countries and killed more than 3,000. About half of the total number of patients have recovered, according to this real-time map

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