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What can COVID-19 teach us about Insurance Risk Management?

Michael Jones

COVID-19 has dominated the news since late February 2020. We are all aware of the effect it has had on our lives already: I write this piece from my home a few weeks into Guernsey’s lock down. In such a rapidly developing situation it would be irresponsible of us to attempt to draw conclusions regarding COVID-19’s impact on the insurance industry specifically. Nevertheless, while insurers prepare for the oncoming claims, it may be useful to consider what the pandemic can teach us about risk management in the context of Solvency II, how insurers could plan for similar outbreaks in the future, and whether any lessons we learn could be expanded to help insurers plan for other extreme events.

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