Column: The pandemic bust: Anxiety means less sex, fewer babies (Chicago Tribune)

Chicago Tribune: Column: The pandemic bust: Anxiety means less sex, fewer babies. “The Brookings Institution predicts a baby bust in 2021, with 300,000 to 500,000 fewer births in the United States than in a usual year. Brookings puts this development down to economic hardship and existential insecurity. What can seem like a couple’s idiosyncratic moods and choices, then, may be a direct result of President Donald Trump’s ruinous response to the virus, and the many ways his government has refused to help the sick and suffering. From stiffing overwhelmed states to ignoring the unemployed, who can no longer afford rent or groceries, the Trump administration seems actively intent on making Americans sicker and crushing our hope for recovery. None of this cruelty is an aphrodisiac.”

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