The six best-performing industries, including semiconductors, pharmaceuticals, and software, have added USD 275 billion a year to their expected economic-profit pool, while the least profitable six—including insurance, utilities, and energy—have lost USD 373 billion.
To read the article, see “The great acceleration,” July 14, 2020.
COVID-19’s hit to women’s jobs could cost the world USD 1 trillion by 2030
In a scenario where nothing’s done to address gender parity in the workplace during the current crisis, the cost is high. Taking action on the issue now could add $13 trillion to global GDP in ten years, compared with the “do nothing” scenario.
To read the article, see “COVID-19 and gender equality: Countering the regressive effects,” July 15, 2020.
Addressing obesity and high blood pressure could protect millions against future pandemics
Chronic health conditions that are common in the world’s major economies—such as obesity, diabetes, and high blood pressure—are known to put people at higher risk for complications from COVID-19. Treating those underlying conditions with known interventions could dramatically enhance the lives of millions of people.
To read the article, see “How prioritizing health could help rebuild economies,” July 8, 2020.
Life expectancy more than doubled over the past century
Thanks to better hygiene and nutrition, antibiotics, vaccines, and new technologies, people today are living longer and have overall better health than they did in the past. Additionally, the world’s population has more than quadrupled since 1900.
To read the report, see “Prioritizing health: A prescription for prosperity,” July 8, 2020.
People use face masks most in stores and food-service establishments
According to our late May/early June survey, mask use is highest in enclosed spaces where people can expect to encounter those from other households, and lower in outdoor settings or gatherings of friends. The one exception? Gyms.
To read the survey, see “Survey: In the US, people say their use of masks may endure,” July 1, 2020.
Summer in the Northern Hemisphere keeps getting hotter
The average day in many locations is now hotter, and extremely hot days are becoming more likely. The share of the Northern Hemisphere that experiences an unusually hot summer has increased to 15.0 %, from 0.2 % , since 1980.
To read the report, see “Climate risk and response: Physical hazards and socioeconomic impacts,” January 16, 2020.