Coronavirus baby boom: Relationship expert predicts a surge in births in Britain in 2021 as quarantined couples seek intimacy during pandemic
- Bored Britons could turn to intimacy to pass the time during coronavirus crisis
- Relationship expert Dr Sheri Jacobson says this could spark a baby boom in 2021
- It comes as condom producer Karex Berhad ordered to keep some staff at home
- Coronavirus symptoms: what are they and should you see a doctor?
Bored Britons stuck in their homes during the coronavirus pandemic could turn to sex to pass the time, sparking a new baby boom, experts predict.
One relationship expert says there is a ‘strong possibility’ of a baby boom in early 2021 as couples seek distraction while in lockdown.
It also comes as one of the world’s largest condom producers, Malaysian firm, Karex Berhad, was given permission to resume production – but told half of its workforce must stay home.
Speaking to The Times, Dr Sheri Jacobson, clinical director at Harley Therapy, a psychotherapy clinic in London, said: ‘There will be more contact and opportunity.
One relationship expert says there is a ‘strong possibility’ of a baby boom in early 2021 as couples seek distraction while in lockdown. Stock image
‘In this early period, staying at home might feel like a break from the norm, creating a short holiday effect.’
Other experts meanwhile warn it could be more bust than boom for some relationships.
Dr Elena Touroni, consultant psychologist and co-founder of the Chelsea Psychology Clinic in west London, told The Times it could lead to an increase in the number of divorces as well.
She said: ‘Couples will need to find a way of managing their togetherness.’
It comes as Scotland’s chief medical officer Dr Catherine Calderwood warned couples to help prevent a surge of babies around the Christmas period – a traditionally busy period for the NHS.
Couples in Scotland have been asked to help prevent a surge of babies around the Christmas period – a traditionally busy period for the NHS. Stock image
Appearing last week in a press conference alongside Scottish First Minister Nicola Sturgeon, Dr Calderwood, who is a consultant obstetrician and gynaecologist, said: ‘We do need to be advising people about having time on their hands.
‘The labour ward is always much busier nine months after Valentine’s Day so we have that to consider.’
The warning came as Britons continue to flout the government’s lockdown rules, aimed at slowing the spread of the deadly coronavirus.
Officers have been patrolling streets and parks looking to break up picnics and parties with threats of arrest or fines of up to £60 for those are breaching social distancing guidelines.
The rules mean Britons should only leave their homes to make essential trips to the supermarket for food, for any medical need, to take one form of exercise a day or to get to and from work where absolutely necessary.
So far almost there have been 20,000 confirmed cases of coronavirus in the UK, while 1,228 people have died from the virus.
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