Press Release

BOSTON, May 20, 2020 — Verisk (Nasdaq:VRSK), a leading data analytics provider, projects that the number of cases globally from the COVID-19 outbreak over the next four weeks may reach 50 million total cases, with 644,000 estimated deaths, based on low scenario estimates modeled by Verisk’s catastrophe modeling unit, AIR Worldwide. Forward projections and a breakdown of cases and deaths by country are provided in the Verisk COVID-19 Projection Tool. The modeled projections of the pandemic consider many variations in data availability and reliability, including underreporting for both cases and deaths.

COVID-19, the disease caused by the SARS-CoV-2 virus, was declared a pandemic on March 11 by the World Health Organization (WHO). According to the WHO, as of May 19, 2020, there were 4,731,458 confirmed cases of COVID-19 and 316,169 deaths worldwide; actual counts are likely to be substantively higher due to underreporting. As of the May 19 WHO report, the United States has 1,477,516 confirmed cases and 89,272 deaths after testing positive for the virus. 

“Variance in publicly reported estimates stems from a number of factors, not the least of which are misreporting and underreporting of infections and deaths,” said Doug Fullam, director of life and health modeling, Verisk. “Underreporting is driven by the fact that as much as 60-80% of people infected with COVID-19 may exhibit no symptoms or only mild symptoms and, most likely, do not get tested. The cases of COVID-19 that are reported, therefore, represent at best only 20-40% of the total population. Therefore, in all likelihood, underreporting is substantively higher. Testing more widely in the general population would lead to more accurate numbers of cases and deaths being reported. The projections from the Verisk COVID-19 Projection Tool account for underreporting.”

Verisk also announced that it has made the data behind the death projections easier to understand. Based on feedback received, Verisk now explicitly note that the Total Estimated Deaths shown in the tool include both those who have died and those who could die from COVID-19. Verisk updated the projection tool to explicitly display the impact of unreported, miscategorized, and forthcoming mortality.

All the information used in this analysis is derived from the AIR Pandemic Model, a stochastic modeling framework that can simulate the impact of a pandemic by age and sex for more than 10,000 tessels (similar to municipality). For coronavirus pathogens, the AIR Pandemic Model estimates the cases on a daily basis, using an SEIR (Susceptible-Exposed-Infectious-Removed) modeling framework. This framework allows AIR to more accurately model the disease dynamics, including but not limited to: travel patterns and restrictions; changes to mitigation efforts; introduction of pharmaceutical or nonpharmaceutical interventions; and impact on transmission due to changes in susceptible population. Specific to COVID-19 projection, AIR updates the estimated parameters frequently to develop near real-time forecasting.

To view the latest projections, go to the Verisk COVID-19 Projection Tool:

About Verisk 
Verisk (Nasdaq:VRSK) is a leading data analytics provider serving customers in insurance, energy and specialized markets, and financial services. Using advanced technologies to collect and analyze billions of records, Verisk draws on unique data assets and deep domain expertise to provide first-to-market innovations that are integrated into customer workflows. Verisk offers predictive analytics and decision support solutions to customers in rating, underwriting, claims, catastrophe and weather risk, global risk analytics, natural resources intelligence, economic forecasting, and many other fields. Around the world, Verisk helps customers protect people, property, and financial assets.

Headquartered in Jersey City, N.J., Verisk operates in 30 countries and is a member of Standard & Poor's S&P 500® Index. In 2018, Forbes magazine named Verisk to its World's Best Employers list. For more information, please visit

About AIR Worldwide

AIR Worldwide (AIR) provides risk-modeling solutions that make individuals, businesses, and society more resilient to extreme events. In 1987, AIR Worldwide founded the catastrophe modeling industry and today models the risk from natural catastrophes, terrorism, pandemics, casualty catastrophes, and cyber incidents. Insurance, reinsurance, financial, corporate, and government clients rely on AIR’s advanced science, software, and consulting services for catastrophe risk management, insurance-linked securities, longevity modeling, site-specific engineering analyses, and agricultural risk management. AIR Worldwide, a Verisk (Nasdaq:VRSK) business, is headquartered in Boston, with additional offices in North America, Europe, and Asia. For more information, please visit



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