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Longevity Bulletin: The coronavirus issue (Issue 13)

In 2020 coronavirus swept around the world, causing over a million deaths to date and creating economic turmoil. Issue 13 of the Longevity Bulletin considers aspects of the biggest worldwide catastrophe of our age. It looks at the ongoing pandemic and its ramifications from a number of different perspectives:
  • The pandemic’s second wave – what is likely to happen, and how can we best contain the second wave?
  • Winter mortality – how might winter exacerbate the coronavirus pandemic?
  • ‘Long Covid’ – what are the longer-term effects of the disease on survivors?
  • The mortality cost of reduced (non-Covid) healthcare
  • Mortality impacts of the post-pandemic recession
  • Socioeconomic differentials in Covid-19 mortality
  • Longer-term mortality impacts – should we even use the phrase ‘future mortality improvements’?

Also included in this issue is news from the Continuing Mortality Investigation (CMI) on its pandemic-related activity, and the profession’s recently formed ICAT – the IFoA COVID-19 Action Taskforce.

Contributors to this issue are drawn from a range of fields, from the actuarial world to catastrophe modelling and medicine. Each brings a thought-provoking and expert perspective to the topic under investigation.

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