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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

Demographers in the News

Demographers have contributed to news reports on various aspects of the pandemic, from prevention strategies to differences between countries in number of COVID19 deaths.


*** The reports below are predominantly from US and European news sources at the moment, please contribute news reports from other world regions ***


Épidémie de Covid-19 : quel impact sur l’espérance de vie en France ? (The Conversation, 28 June 2020)


When 511 Epidemiologists Expect to Fly, Hug and Do 18 Other Everyday Activities Again (NY Times, 8 june 2020)

How the Coronavirus Compares With 100 Years of Deadly Events (NY Times, 10 June 2020)


The pandemic's impact on adolescents. By Shireen Jejeebhoy. (IDR, 20 May 2020)


UK wrong to rule out global coronavirus comparisons, experts say (Guardian, 17 May 2020)


Sweden Stayed Open. A Deadly Month Shows the Risks (NY Times, 15 May 2020)


Malegaon mystery: Covid count low but surge in overall deaths (The Indian Express, 4 May 2020)



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