The Week in Charts by McKinsey

As winter approaches, demand for COVID-19 testing could triple

Flu-like symptoms—which are similar to COVID-19 symptoms—are, on average, three times higher in the winter than in the spring. Demand for COVID-19 testing could, therefore, show a threefold increase during the winter months as compared with earlier months.

To read the article, see “Winter is coming: What’s next in COVID-19 testing,” September 30, 2020.

Investors need to understand the uneven effects of COVID-19 across industries

We assessed how ten disruptive aspects of the COVID-19 pandemic are affecting 20 industries to help investors identify which developments will have a material impact on business models, revenues, future investments, and more.

To read the article, see “A rolling disruption: COVID-19’s implications for private equity and portfolio companies,” September 16, 2020.

Global Lighthouse Network members have led the way in managing through turmoil

Throughout the pandemic, members of the World Economic Forum’s Global Lighthouse Network (manufacturers that use advanced digital technologies to transform either how they operate select factories or their entire value chains) have seen significant improvements in productivity, sustainability, agility, speed to market, and customisation.

To read the article, see “The Fourth Industrial Revolution and manufacturing’s great reset,” September 14, 2020.

Companies that take steps to improve resiliency now could see benefits for years

Companies that intervened early during the last financial crisis continued to outperform their peers—and widen their lead—for at least a decade.

To read the article, see “As you return from the summer break, can you lead toward a COVID-Exit?,” September 25, 2020.

Finland sees promising results after nationwide experiment with universal basic income

The results of a two-year Finnish study of 2000 unemployed people who were given a basic income showed a huge increase in life satisfaction versus the control group of all other unemployed people. They reported fewer mental-health issues, better physical health, slightly higher employment levels, and more trust in their future.

To read the article, see “An experiment to inform universal basic income,” September 15, 2020.