Will there Be A COVID Baby Bust? by John Stonestreet and Shane Morris for Break Point
Since the beginning of COVID-19 lockdowns, plenty have joked about the expected pandemic-induced baby boom. In more recent months, however, those predictions have changed. For example, last week in The Atlantic, Joe Pinsker joined the growing chorus predicting a 2021 “COVID baby bust.”
While there’s not a lot of direct evidence for this pessimism, at least not yet, Pinsker’s predictions are the safest bet based on what might be called “pre-existing conditions.” Like the physical comorbidities that contributed to COVID complications for many patients, there are also cultural comorbidities which indicate maternity wards could be eerily quiet this time next year.