Steve Reece

Steve Reece

On March 11, 2020, the World Health Organization (WHO) declared the novel coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak a global pandemic and the whole world got all weird and went into hiding. We are still living with the extraordinary inconveniences that have become a part of our daily routines. We are experienced with Zoom meetings, mask wearing, and extra hand washing.  

We can’t go out and even if we could there’s no place to go because of all the businesses that have closed. We’ve spent a long time in lockdown and being of a curious and nosy nature, I decided to research what y’all have been up to behind all those closed doors and I am more than just a little bit shocked.

I found in my Googling, it seems some couples are making a little more love than usual due to all the extra time at home with nothing much else to do. Back in the day, we mainly just played Monopoly or sat on the couch and watched TV when there was no place to go. That just goes to show TV programs were much better back then. 

An online poll of 1,200 participants conducted from May 2 - May 22, showed a strong increase of COVID-induced sexual activity, with 54% of surveyed couples reporting they were being more adventurous and spending more time in bed. 

There has been an increase in sales at adult stores along with a strong growth in the demand for dating apps. There has also been a 30% spike in pregnancy test sales. 

For a lot of couples, sex has proven to be an excellent way to make the lockdown more bearable not to mention more enjoyable. 44% of these frisky folks say they must make love more quietly so as not to disturb housemates. Well that’s considerate. Who wants to listen to all that racket?

It’s not all fun and games for everyone though. Familiarity can breed contempt and a little bit of some people can go a long way. 

Around 32% of couples say the heightened stress from the lockdown has led to more arguments and fights with their partners. Also, of those couples isolating, 19% aren’t having any sex at all. Even further isolating themselves by sleeping alone in separate bedrooms. 

By April of last year, people thinking about divorce had already increased by 34%. Surprisingly, newlyweds are the mostly likely to file for divorce.  

 It has now been 10 long months since the WHO announced the pandemic was in effect, and many speculated a large crop of new babies would be showing up last month. They were disappointed since there will be significantly fewer newborns this winter and in the rest of 2021. 

Social distancing has forced some romantic partners (but not many) to avoid cuddling and the things that go with it. And financial situations and childcare issues have caused many families to wait on having kids. 

According to the experts, there has been a decline in both planned and unplanned pregnancies due to the corona pandemic. 

The baby boom idea is based on popular urban myths about birth spikes that happen nine months after major electricity blackouts, hurricanes and blizzards. 

But after studying statistics, these stories turn out to be exactly what I thought they would be: myths. 

But the COVID-19 pandemic has become something much more than a temporary stay-at-home order. It has led to widespread economic loss, uncertainty in the future, and insecurity. Therefore, birth rates are on a downward shift.

If there is a “silver lining” to the COVID-19 pandemic, some consider it to be that many babies’ lives have been spared due to the fact several Republican officials and anti-abortion advocates argued that abortion should be considered non-essential, leading to orders in several states prohibiting the procedure so that medical resources such as personal protective equipment (PPE) would be preserved. 

Of course, human rights groups and several medical organizations released statements criticizing the restrictions. Other procedures, such as elective dental work was also suspended. 

Of all pregnancies, only 62 percent end in a live birth, 16 percent end in a miscarriage or stillbirth, and sadly, 22 percent end in abortion. Of the over half a million teen pregnancies in the United States in 2011, 75% were unintended. Unplanned pregnancies are the leading cause of abortions. 

Even so, unwanted pregnancies continue. The government says sexual activity without the use of contraception is the primary cause of unintended pregnancy. About 45 percent of all pregnant women in the United States somehow didn’t get the word. 

Fears, anxieties, stress, and isolation all come with unplanned pregnancies. This rate has also spiraled to an all-time low. 

I’ve always wanted to ask my parents if my birth was an accident. Since my mother was barely 17 years old at my birth, I’m sure they were quite surprised to learn I was on my way. 

I like to think I was the result of an accidental pregnancy. It’s the first trick I ever played on someone and probably my best.

Steve Reece is a contributing writer for the Reporter and a known crime fighter. Email him at stevereece@gmail.com.