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Coronavirus

Born In COVID: Measuring Long-Term Effects Of Pandemic Pregnancy

The in utero impact of high stress during pandemic conditions may last for decades in some babies.

Erin Bascom's job in HIV prevention training shifted to work-from-home in mid-March 2020, around the same time that she and her husband decided to keep their daughter, then two, home from daycare out of concern over COVID-19. Initially, the plan was for the parents to take turns, one caring for the toddler while the other worked. But then Bascom’s husband, who serves in Maryland’s National Guard in the U.S., was called to active duty for pandemic response.

He was gone 12 hours a day at first. Then, to prevent disease transmission between soldiers and their families, his unit was assigned to stay at an area hotel. By that time, the daycare had closed its doors. Sending their daughter was no longer an option, even if the couple had wanted to risk it.

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