Um... I didn't say it was a bad thing - Time did, although I didn't make it obvious that my intro was part of their headline - and in fact I agree with you. It's a step in the right direction although the reasons are (or ought to be) embarrassing to US politicians and public servants.PeterC wrote: ↑Mon Oct 19, 2020 9:08 amI'm not sure how falling fertility rates are a *bad* thing - aren't they an unequivocally good thing? Of course the mechanism by which that is happening is the failure of public services in the US, but still, it's the direction we need to go globallyKim O'Hara wrote: ↑Mon Oct 19, 2020 6:51 am Demographers and women’s-rights advocates alike say the looming baby bust is a damning indictment of the health care and childcare systems in the U.S. America is the only developed country that does not guarantee paid leave to new parents, and it does not offer universal childcare or universal pre-K. ...
I posted the news because it's another aspect of the profound impact of the illness on our world.
The pandemic has had other unanticipated benefits. For instance, flu deaths have dropped by about 90% because we have been hand-washing and social-distancing - well, some of us have.
It has also been a wake-up call about the fragility of supply chains in our globalised economy, and a number of countries are moving to be more self-sufficient. In turn, that has been community-building and employment-building, although we shouldn't expect too much from it.