Demographers’ contributions to the understanding of the COVID-19 pandemic

During epidemics and pandemics of infectious diseases, demography’s insights help understand who infects whom, how many cases of an infection there might be, and how severe a pathogen might be. Population scientists also play key roles in evaluating the death toll linked to an epidemic, describing how it affects fundamental aspects of social life (e.g., marriage, fertility, residential arrangements), and planning social services to mitigate its impact on wellbeing. The IUSSP is presenting here some of the (numerous) contributions demographers have made to our understanding of the SARS-CoV-2/COVID-19 pandemic that is currently unfolding. We plan to update this page regularly. We hope to highlight contributions from all regions of the world. If you have information or resources you would like to share on this page, please email

Information is provided in 6 categories:

  • Demographers in the news 
  • Demographic research and advocacy on the spread and impact of covid-19
  • Data collection on and during the covid-19 pandemic
  • Data visualization corner 
  • Projecting impact and needs for the most vulnerable
  • Coping with the COVID19 pandemic throughout the world