Our coverage of the coronavirus

A selection of our stories about covid-19 and its consequences

Since it emerged in December 2019, the coronavirus has officially killed over 6m people, though our own estimate suggests the actual toll exceeds 20m. It has infected many millions more and compelled governments around the world to lock down their populations. The rapid development of vaccines has at least offered some grounds for optimism. To stay up to speed with The Economist’s coverage of the virus, you can bookmark this hub page; register to receive our weekly newsletter, which has a special edition showcasing our coronavirus coverage; and follow our data trackers showing global vaccination rates, a daily estimate of excess deaths around the world and the virus’s spread across Europe and America.

Political and social consequences

Nicholas Bloom predicts a working-from-home Nike swoosh

Firms, employees and society will all benefit, reckons the Stanford economist

A clue to China’s true covid-19 death toll

Some illuminating provincial data has quickly disappeared

The fight over working from home goes global

Employees want to toil in the kitchen. Bosses want them back in the office

The working-from-home illusion fades

It is not more productive than being in an office, after all

The difficulties facing Britain’s covid-19 inquiry

Establishing facts, consoling the bereaved, drawing lessons: all look daunting

Economic consequences

The pandemic has broken a closely followed survey of sentiment

Americans’ opinions about the state of the economy have diverged from reality

Sunday brunch is the new Friday night

Post-lockdowns, in-person spending has shifted from weekdays to weekends

Expensive energy may have killed more Europeans than covid-19 last winter

Our modelling estimates that high energy prices claimed 68,000 lives

America is ending its emergency declaration for the pandemic

Many services that Americans have come to rely on are about to wind down


A new study of studies reignites controversy over mask mandates

Most papers are inconclusive, though the largest covid-era study showed benefits

Where did covid-19 come from?

There are two opposing theories: zoonosis, and a leak from a lab

Vaccines based on mRNA need to get out of the freezer

Two new ideas might make that happen

All around the world, covid surveillance is faltering

That, rather than the surge of cases in China, is the main reason for worry

Data trackers

The pandemic’s true death toll

Our daily estimate of excess deaths around the world

The global normalcy index

Is the world returning to pre-pandemic life? Find out with our interactive tracker

Tracking covid-19 across the world

Use our live data to follow the battle against the pandemic

Excess deaths, by country or city

In many parts of the world, official death tolls undercount the total number of fatalities

Tracking the coronavirus across Europe

How countries and regions are coping with the covid-19 pandemic