Births have fallen drastically in many states amid the coronavirus outbreak, according to an Associated Press analysis of preliminary information from half the country. The Covid-19 baby boom shows up to be a baby bust.
Nationally, indeed before the epidemic, the number of babies born within the U.S. was falling, dropping by less than 1 percent a year over the past decade as many ladies delayed motherhood and had smaller families. But information from 25 states recommends a much steeper decline in 2020 and into 2021, as the infection upended society and killed over a half-million Americans.
Births for all of 2020 were down 4.3 percent from 2019, the information indicates. More obviously, births in December 2020 and in January and February 2021 were down 6.5 percent, 9.3 percent, and 10 percent respectively. Nine months or more after the spring 2020 lockdowns, compared with the same months a year earlier.
The analysis included 24 states that given information on births to residents. Joining them within the analysis was California, the most populous state, which provided information on all births that happened within the state, including among visitors.
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