Webcast: How catastrophe models help us better understand the COVID-19 pandemic

Coronavirus Webcast Series


COVID-19 has caused disruptions in nearly all aspects of our lives: Communities, businesses, governments, and insurers have all felt the impact of this event. It will likely drive significant changes for resiliency and risk management throughout society; most notably in life and health insurance. At the same time, forecasting the impact of the pandemic has been a significant challenge due to factors such as underreporting. In this webcast, Doug Fullam and Dr. Narges Dorratoltaj from our sister company, AIR Worldwide, will discuss how pandemic modeling works, and more specifically, how complex epidemiological models have aided in understanding the impact of COVID-19.

Through the webcast you’ll learn about:

  • Current themes and trends surrounding the COVID-19 pandemic: Where are we now, and where are we headed?
  • Why it has been so difficult to understand spread and severity of this pandemic
  • The role of catastrophe models and how to interpret model results


  • Narges Dorratoltaj, Ph.D., MPH, Principal Scientist and Manager, AIR 
  • Doug Fullam, ASA, Director, Life and Health Solutions, AIR
  • James Lockhart Smith, Head of Financial Sector Risk, Verisk Maplecroft