- The Washington Times - Saturday, March 14, 2020

Baby booms have been conceived in the wake of power blackouts, snowstorms and hurricanes. What about the coronavirus? Will the nation see a baby boom in nine months, now that many Americans must spend more time at home during the newly declared health emergency?

Some also wonder if “Corona” will emerge as a newly fashionable baby name.

Many news organizations are already exploring the idea, including People, The Daily Beast, TMZ, the New York Daily News, and Marketwatch — that latter of which has a published an analysis titled “Potential for 2020 Baby Boom Resulting from Coronavirus and Other Impacts of the Disruption.”

“Shark Tank” judge and entrepreneur Daymond John also has weighed in.

The public will have “extra time on their hands,” he told People, predicting the chances would be 100% there would be a baby boom.

“A little bored, maybe, or in love. And nine months later, after everything is over, we’re going to have a whole lot of babies,” Mr. John said. “Listen, I travel 250 days a year, so I may be home. So I’m going to name my baby Corona.”

Italy is headed for multiple coronavirus disasters — and maybe a baby boom,” noted Daily Beast reporter Barbie Latza Nadeau.

“Will the coronavirus spike births?” asks an extensive study released Wednesday from the Virginia-based Institute for Family Studies.

“Who’s getting busy? Coronavirus may cause a huge baby boom,” reported Fatherly.com, a news site for dads.

Romper, a publication for expectant mothers, traced the history of baby booms which followed weather events, military conflicts and more.

“There are certainly tons of anecdotal reports of increased fecundity or fertility after events forcing people to stay at home,” Dr. Michael Cackovick, a maternal fetal medicine physician at the Ohio State University Wexner Medical Center told the publication.

“Scientific reports, however, have been mixed in an effort to confirm the phenomenon,” he said.

“The jury is still out on whether or not a post-pandemic baby boom will occur thanks to coronavirus quarantines, but in about nine months, you should be able to tell whether or not this theory holds true,”noted Romper analyst Ashley Jones.

• Jennifer Harper can be reached at jharper@washingtontimes.com.

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