SARS-CoV-2 can 'destroy' placenta: study

Lead researcher says he has never seen placentas so damaged by an infectious illness before COVID-19

SARS-CoV-2 can “destroy” the placenta in unvaccinated pregnant women and cause fetal hypoxaemia, warn US researchers. 

Their study of almost 70 placentas shows the cause of death in coronavirus-related stillbirths is more likely to be placental insufficiency rather than infection of the fetus. 

Lead author perinatal pathologist, Dr David Schwartz, said the research team had never seen placentas so damaged from an infection.