Fertility is likely to decline in the wake of the COVID-19 pandemic, a new study finds

Fertility is likely to decline in the wake of the COVID-19 pandemic, a new study finds
Throughout history, spikes in mortality due to wars and famines were followed by increased births, while the Spanish Flu resulted in a temporary drop in fertility before recovering during a "baby boom." Contrary to this historic trend, the COVID-19 health emergency will plausibly cause a decline in fertility, without the factors that have brought on a baby boom in the past, according to a study titled "The COVID-19 pandemic and human fertility," published on July 24 in Science by Bocconi University's Arnstein Aassve, Nicolò Cavalli, Letizia Mencarini, and Samuel Plach, and Massimo Livi Bacci from University of Florence.