#SocialDistancing: Unsurprisingly, we can expect a coronavirus baby boom in December
Sure what else would you be doing anyway?
Look, we're all stuck at home these days – for God knows how long.
And apart from Netflix, we have no distractions. None. There is no rushing out to work. No book clubs, no gym, no pints with the lads, no nothing.
So what can you do? Well, make babies, it seems.
According to Mother.ly, researchers have previously found a link between being stuck at home with your partner and getting pregnant.
In a US study from 2008, the researchers found that certain kind of catastrophic events — like blackouts and snowstorms — do, in fact, lead to an increase in conception and subsequent birth rates.
"[The fertility effect] is that with low-level, low severity events, we found an uptick in births...it sets the table for romance," explained head researchers Richard Evans about the findings.
According to NJ.com, very severe and potentially dangerous storms often result in a baby boom nine months later.
Interestingly, the same goes for events like terrorism and other very scary and upsetting occasions that affect communities and the world at large.
"A study done in the aftermath of the 1995 Oklahoma City terrorist bombing found an increase in births nine months after the tragedy," they say.
"Researchers speculated it could have been because people living near the bombing site sensed their own mortality and naturally responded by trying to strengthen their own families."
Here is what midwife, Diana Spalding, had to say to Mother.ly about the possibility of an upcoming baby boom:
"It's probably a few factors: The first being that people who may operate on different schedules, and therefore not see each other as often as they'd like to, are suddenly spending a lot more time together —more time together means more opportunities to make a baby.
"And the second is that during periods of stress and uncertainty, we tend to seek out comfort and connection with people we love," Spalding says.
"One of the many ways to connect with someone is, of course, to have sex with them."
Well, there you go. At least it'll give you something to look forward to, no?