By Brian Hughes in The Science Bit.
Swiss Re Group, “one of the world’s leading providers of reinsurance and insurance,” recently hosted a virtual Expert Forum on “secondary” impacts of COVID. As would be expected, the insurance industry is especially interested in the financial implications of this new disease. The programme covered many of the biophysical sequelae of COVID, as well as its knock-on impact on population mental health and the effects of lockdown-related treatment delays. Many of the slide presentations are now online.
What with all that lung fibrosis, myocardial injury, kidney damage, and hair loss — not forgetting those purple toes — the long term impacts of COVID will have the insurance industry busy re-computing its premiums for quite some time to come. It’s a for-profit business, after all.
Of course, you can’t have a gravy train without folks trying to hop aboard.
And it looks like at least one of the Swiss Re speakers was in a dash to switch tracks.
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