Disease Prevalence and Fatality, Life History Strategies, and Behavioral Control of the COVID Pandemic

Hui Jing Lu, Xin Rui Wang, Yuan Yuan Liu, Lei Chang

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The COVID-19 pandemic caught the world by surprise and raised many questions. One of the questions is whether infectious diseases indeed drive fast life history (LH) as the extent research suggests. This paper challenges this assumption and raises a different perspective. We argue that infectious diseases enact either slower or faster LH strategies and the related disease control behavior depending on disease severity. We tested and supported the theorization based on a sample of 662 adult residents drawn from all 32 provinces and administrative regions of mainland China. The findings help to broaden LH perspectives and to better understand unusual social phenomena arising from the COVID-19 pandemic.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)20-29
Number of pages10
JournalEvolutionary Psychological Science
Issue number1
Publication statusPublished - Mar 2022


  • COVID-19 pandemic
  • Fast and slow life history strategies
  • Intrinsic and extrinsic mortality
  • Prevalence and fatality of infectious diseases

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Social Psychology

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