Pandemic Lockdown Triggered Sharp Drop in Preterm Births, Georgia Tech Study Finds

Daniel Dench

Posted June 30, 2022

External Article: Fox 5 Atlanta

Fox 5 Atlanta interviewed Daniel Dench, assistant professor in the School of Economics, about his research on the impact of the Covid-19 pandemic on premature births for the segment, "Pandemic Lockdown Triggered Sharp Drop in Preterm Births, Georgia Tech Study Finds."

In the piece, which aired June 30, 2022, Dench discussed his findings that premature births declined during the pandemic.

An excerpt:

The numbers stayed down throughout the rest of 2020, and Dench says access to prenatal care may have been a driving factor.

"Women weren't spending as much time in the care of the doctor, and not as many tests were run that would have led a doctor to be concerned and want to take the baby early," he says.