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EARTHQUAKES AND INSURANCE: WHAT YOU NEED TO KNOW
JAMES LYNCH | July 6, 2019
CoverHound® is a recognized insurance technology leader based in San Francisco, which offers digital shoppers instant quotes and curated comparisons of real insurance options from our top property & casualty insurance carriers in the US.
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The world is facing an unprecedented situation like never before. In the span of a couple of weeks, a visually undetectable virus has wreaked havoc and driven everyone home. COVID-19 had led offices to close, the economy to slow down, and has isolated us in our homes. Zooming in on the insurance industry, the effects haven’t gone unnoticed here either. Since no one was prepared for a pandemic of this scale, people are scrambling to know what their insurance covers. Those who weren’t covered are enquiring if they can get covered now. Travel and health insurance are the specific types are making the most news.
Every business has different dynamics. Thus, it becomes imperative that business owners have sufficient measures to safeguard against any unforeseen risk in the future. Regardless of your business size, there are always certain risks involved. Business insurance proves to be an extremely crucial tool to beat all the troubles which may accidentally arise at unwarranted any time. The business owners might end up paying a hefty amount of the losses.
If there is one thing that we have all learned with the spread of COVID-19, it is that there is virtually no industry that is immune to its impact. The global pandemic is disrupting the daily lives of individuals, the operations of businesses, the activities of governments and even the approach of cherished institutions like museums, universities and religious organizations. The P&C insurance industry, like many others, is reeling from the implications of the virus. Amid the rapid changes, it is important to assess the impact of COVID-19 on the insurtech movement. After all, insurtech has always been touted as the ultimate disruptor of the insurance industry. But, might COVID-19 prove to be a disruptor to insurtech?
Hiring people with skills in machine learning is extremely difficult across industries due to a shortage of talent and skyrocketing demand. But the insurance industry is better positioned than most to overcome this challenge via upskilling. With tens (possibly hundreds) of statistics-minded actuaries already on staff, providing the right tools to nudge them into the world of data science is a small step. Upskilling business staff is also a great way to fill talent gaps, and in many ways, it’s necessary for insurance businesses that want to democratize data science.
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