The McKinsey Week in Charts

People over 75 are 1000 times more likely to die from COVID-19 than teenagers

Older Americans are shockingly vulnerable to the pandemic. The implication is clear: shield the elderly. Until vaccines are widely deployed, we should consider protecting those at high risk, even if this means isolation. The arrival of safe, effective vaccines makes the pain of that isolation a time-bound problem.

To read the article, see “America 2021: Building a bridge to normalcy,” February 15, 2021.

How you change things is just as important as what you change

New government leaders have a lot on their agendas—and little time to make things happen. One tip from our new memo: choose the approach that best suits the kind of change you seek and how much it will alter the organisation.

To read the article, see “America 2021: Making change happen, against the odds,” February 19, 2021.

Too darn hot: South Florida could face 25 more days of swelter each year.

New information assets could help government, utilities, and infrastructure businesses target investments. A nationwide map indicating present and projected physical climate hazards shows the risk to some parts of the country.

To read the article, see “America 2021: Renewing the nation’s commitment to climate action,” February 18, 2021.

Two steps back: COVID-19 derails labour-force progress by Black Americans

After a decade-long economic expansion, Black Americans had nearly closed the gap on white Americans in labor-force participation. The pandemic undid all that progress. Flip through the interactive to further examine Black workers’ underrepresentation and pay gaps in 20 large occupations.

To read the article, see “America 2021: The opportunity to advance racial equity,” February 17, 2021.

Productivity isn’t everything, but in the long run, it’s almost everything

Economist and New York Times columnist Paul Krugman’s aphorism remains apt for a US economy looking to rebuild. The years after WWII are particularly instructive, when productivity grew 2.8 % a year from 1947 to 1973. Our new memo looks deeply into the postwar period to find ideas about how to boost productivity now.

To read the article, see “America 2021: Rebuilding lives and livelihoods after COVID-19,” February 16, 2021.

Across the public sector, operations and risk management could benefit greatly from a shift to the cloud

This heat map shows cloud-based transformation potential within different government functions and highlights six potential high-impact areas—among them health, general public services, and environmental protection.

To read the article, see “Ahead in the cloud: Transforming public-sector performance,” February 10, 2021.

Amid limited access to modern contraceptives, self-care in family planning can go a long way in Kenya

As defined by the WHO, self-care in family planning means the ability of individuals, families, and communities to promote and maintain sexual health and prevent unwanted pregnancies, with or without the help of healthcare providers. We combined different demographic and socioeconomic characteristics to identify eight segments in Kenya that are likely to benefit from self-care in family planning.

To read the article, see “Self-care: Meeting contraception needs in Africa,” February 9, 2021.

From lab to jab: Global flows of COVID-19 vaccine

Europe and three countries (China, India, and the United States) will produce 90 percent of the first wave of COVID-19 vaccine doses. African and other Asian countries will be the largest importers. It’s an unprecedented—and deeply complex—task for global logistics.

To read the article, see “Is the world up to the challenge of mass COVID-19 vaccination?,” February 8, 2021.

COVID-19 herd immunity for America in 2021? Sure, if we can triple the pace of annual flu vaccinations

To acquire COVID-19 herd immunity, the United States needs more than three times as many vaccine doses as for the annual flu shot and twice as many doses per month as the H1N1 flu vaccine drive in 2009, mainly due to double-dose requirements for some COVID-19 vaccines.

To read the article, see “The risks and challenges of the global COVID-19-vaccine rollout,” January 26, 2021.

Nearly one-fourth of UK small and medium-sized businesses will seek protection from eviction

In the United Kingdom, large numbers of small and medium-sized businesses need financial support from the government as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic. Our November survey found that 46 % of these businesses had applied for or planned to apply for furlough payments.

To read the article, see “UK small and medium-size enterprises: Impact of the COVID-19 crisis,” February 4, 2021.