Study: COVID impairs placenta's immune defense

September 19, 2022

Study: COVID impairs placenta's immune defense

A new study published today in the American Journal of Obstetrics and Gynecology shows a mother-to-be's COVID-19 infection can impair her placena's immune response, leaving it vulnerable to other viruses and infections during pregnancy.

"It seems like after COVID-19 in pregnancy, the placenta is exhausted and can't really fight a new viral infection as well as it could before," said Dr. Kristina Adams Waldorf, professor of obstetrics and gynecology at the University of Washington School of Medicine and the senior author of the study. "The disease itself can be mild or it can be severe, and we are still seeing these abnormal effects on the placenta."

Learn more about the study in our news release.

Download broadcast-ready soundbites of Adams Waldorf discussing the findings of her research.

Category: 
YouTube

Terms of appropriate usage of file downloads

  • News reporters and news organizations may freely republish and distribute videos, still images and audio files produced by UW Medicine and the University of Washington Health Sciences schools (Dentistry, Medicine, Nursing, Pharmacy, Public Health, Social Work).
  • Works must be attributed/credited appropriately (for example, “UW Medicine” or “University of Washington School of Pharmacy” – as denoted in the file) and must not be used for commercial purposes.
  • These visual and audio files may not be used to exploit or misrepresent UW Medicine or the University of Washington.
  • UW Medicine often licenses still images from Thinkstock but cannot grant republishing rights. You may not republish single image files credited to Thinkstock.
  • Logos of UW Medicine and University of Washington Health Sciences schools may not be republished without explicit permission. Contact us by phone or email: 206.543.3620 or mediarelations@uw.edu