The coronavirus currently sweeping the world may injure the placentas of pregnant women and cut off blood supply to their unborn babies, a small study has found.
Scientists found visible damage in the placentas of all 15 mothers who were involved in the research.
Lesions and blood clots were discovered in the vital organ, responsible for providing oxygen and nutrients to the foetus.
Issues with placental blood flow can lead to low birth weight, organ damage in the baby or even foetal death.
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