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Demographers in the News

46,000 Missing Deaths: Tracking the True Toll of the Coronavirus Outbreak (NY Times, 30 April 2020) 

A importância de testar a população para enfrentar a covid-19 (Nexo, 24 April 2020) 

En Amérique latine, l’ampleur de l’épidémie est largement sous-estimée (Alternatives Economiques, 24 April 2020) 

Coronavirus: América Latina y el Caribe deben aumentar de forma drástica las pruebas de COVID-19 (the Conversation) 

What 5 Coronavirus Models Say the Next Month Will Look Like (NY Times, 22 April 2020)

What The 1918 Pandemic And The Great Recession Can Teach Us In Responding To COVID-19 Today (Forbes, 21 April 2020)

Countries with older populations are more likely to be hit the hardest by coronavirus, study confirms - and tracking the average age could help to predict future outbreaks (Daily Mail, 17 April 2020)

Tracking covid-19 excess deaths across countries (The Economist, 16 April 2020)

Don’t Expect a Quarantine Baby Boom (NY Times, 8 April 2020)

Official counts understate the U.S. Coronavirus death toll (NY Times, 7 April 2020)

Expertos advierten la necesidad de ampliar la cobertura de pruebas COVID-19 en América Latina (El Expectador, 2 April 2020)

Homeless during a pandemic (CNN, 2 April 2020)

Coronavirus: Why death and mortality rates differ (BBC, 2nd April 2020)

Social Distancing Might Stop. And Start. And Stop. And Start. Until We Have A Vaccine. (BuzzFeed News, 1 April 2020) 

Coronavirus : « Dans le champ de la mortalité, la sous-information est totale, pas seulement en France » (Le Monde, 28 March 2020)

The Four Possible Timelines for Life Returning to Normal (The Atlantic 26 March 2020)

How do you shelter in place when you don’t have a home (New Yorker, 26 March 2020) 

Why the Coronavirus Hit Italy So Hard. (Wired, 17 March 2020) 

A Demographer’s View of the Coronavirus Pandemic (New Yorker, 13 March 2020)


Demographic research and news articles on the spread and impact of COVID-19

A demographic scaling model for estimating the total number of COVID-19 infections (Cornell University, 24 April 2020)

Epilocal: a real-time tool for local epidemic monitoring (Cornell University, 21 April 2020)

Estimates of the Potential Impact of the COVID-19 Pandemic on Sexual and Reproductive Health in Low- and Middle-Income Countries (Guttmacher Institute, 16 April 2020)

Crowding and the epidemic intensity of COVID-19 transmission (MedRxiv, 15 April 2020)

COVID-19 & Reproductive Health (2021 International Conference on Family Planning)


Mobility analysis to support the Government of Ghana in responding to the COVID-19 outbreak (Ghana Statistical Service)

Supporting communities living in urban informal settlements to protect themselves from COVID-19 (APHRC, 31 March 2020)


Latin American and Caribbean governments must increase the COVID-19 test coverage drastically


Potential Factors of Transmission and Spread of COVID 19 in Indian States and Districts 


COVID-19 and the Importance of Improving Civil Registration in India

Beyond the numbers: Covid-19 and the Philippine population

Use of the Demographic and Health Survey framework as a population surveillance strategy for COVID-19 (The Lancet, 29 April 2020)

Demographic science aids in understanding the spread and fatality rates of COVID-19. (PNAS, 17 April 2020) 

Workforce demographics and the flattening of COVID-19’s curve of infections (VOX  CEPR Policy Portal, 17 April 2020)


Mapping the Burden of COVID-19 in the United States (11 April 2020)

Vulnerable groups at increased risk of COVID-19 in sub-Saharan Africa: The case of the HIV population (OSF Preprints, 6 April 2020)

Monitoring trends and differences in COVID-19 case fatality rates using decomposition methods: Contributions of age structure and age-specific fatality (medRxiv, 2 April 2020)

Population age structure only partially explains the large number of COVID-19 deaths at the oldest ages (OSF Preprings, 1 April 2020)


Global condom shortage looms as coronavirus shuts down production (Guardian, 27 March 2020)


Coronavirus crisis ‘likely to reduce birth rate’ (Australian National University, 26 March 2020) 


Opinion: How will COVID-19 affect global access to contraceptives — and what can we do about it? (Devex, 11 March 2020)


A demographic adjustment to improve measurement of COVID-19 severity at the developing stage of the pandemic  (medRxiv, 27 March 2020)

Special Issue on COVID-19. (Applied Demography, March 2020)

The journal “Applied demography” published a series of papers on COVID19, tackling issues ranging from the likelihood of bereavement in the US population, to fertility responses in times of pandemics and disasters. 

Data Collection On And During The COVID-19 Pandemic


Coping with the COVID19 pandemic throughout the world