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It’s tempting to believe good news. But are there really fewer premature babies in lockdown? We’re likely clutching at straws – The Conversation AU

We still don’t know if being in lockdown during the pandemic really does lead to fewer premature babies, as some people report. Maybe we’re trying too hard to find some good news.

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Amid the horrific stories of coronavirus deaths and disease around the world, researchers have reported a ray of light.
Almost simultaneously, two independent groups in Europe noticed their neonatal intensive care units seemed quieter during the pandemic.
Was this a coincidence? Or were there actually fewer babies born prematurely who needed intensive care? And if fewer premature babies were being born, why?
So, the researchers studied what was going on to try to get a fuller picture of how C…

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