An Investigation into the Insurability of Pandemic Risk

Author: Kai-Uwe Schanz

This first report in our research series on pandemics and insurance explores, in number terms, the capacities of insurers to absorb pandemic-related costs. Encouragingly, research findings indicate that pandemics on the scale of, and similarly lethal to, COVID-19 pose no fundamental insurability challenges for health and life insurers. In the commercial insurance arena, however, the uncontrollable aggregation and correlation elements of pandemic risk defy insurability.