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A study shows COVID can destroy the placenta and lead to stillbirths

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College of American Pathologists, Archives of Pathology and Laboratory Medicine
This photo provided by the College of American Pathologists and Archives of Pathology and Laboratory Medicine shows sections of a placenta affected by SARS-CoV-2 placentitis, with destructive lesions leading to placental insufficiency and stillbirth.

Stillbirths are uncommon outcome for any pregnancy, but women with COVID-19 face an elevated risk. Authorities believe vaccination can help prevent these cases.

New research suggests the coronavirus can invade and destroy the placenta and lead to stillbirths in infected women.

Stillbirths are uncommon, but pregnant women with COVID-19 face an elevated risk, particularly with the delta variant. Authorities believe vaccination can help prevent these cases.

The study bolsters evidence from small case reports. It indicates that placenta damage rather than infection of the fetus is often the cause.

Researchers in 12 countries, including the United States, analyzed tissue from 64 stillbirths and four newborns who died shortly after birth. The cases all involved unvaccinated women.

The research was published Thursday in Archives of Pathology & Laboratory Medicine.

Click here to read more of this article from the Associated Press.