Coronavirus has taken away over 380,000 lives in the world. Its impact is far beyond that as the number of newborns has decreased.
Many government has imposed strict lockdown measure and travel restriction, which is expected to accelerate the economic recession. Couple tends to delay their plan in having children until they have a stable financial income.
The history proves the above statement. The fertility rate in the US dropped from 2.66 in 1928 to 2.17 children per woman in 1933 during the Great Depression. Also, Take Japan as an example. The country faced two recession due to its first oil shock and economic bubbling. Its fertility rate decreased from 2.14 in1973 to 1.26 in 2005. The collapse of the Soviet Union has negatively affected its economy and fertility rate. The fertility rate dipped from 1.89 in 1990 to 1.16 in 1999.
A low birth rate could lead to social and economic problems in the long term, such as lack of labor. Six million fewer babies will be born if the global fertility rate decreased by 0.1 next year. Similarly, 12 million fewer babies will be born if the global fertility rate decreased by 0.2 next year.
Apart from saving more infected people, governments across the globe need to promote the birth rate. The coronavirus not only harming exiting human, but also threatening our future offspring.