The team examined records of nearly 39 million U.S. births from 2010 to 2020, from the National Center for Health Statistics to predict expected premature births — defined as babies born before 37 weeks of pregnancy — since March. till December 2020.
it was found that There was an immediate sharp drop of 0.4 percentage points in March 2020 in premature births by C-section or induced delivery, When the World Health Organization declared COVID-19 a pandemic.
“It’s really, how does it affect the health of the fetus? Did the doctors miss some false positives – didn’t they give birth to babies that would have survived anyway? Or did they miss some babies that didn’t? Would have died in the womb without any intervention? “This is just the beginning of what I think will be an important line of research,” Dench says.