This year, we launched a new series to highlight our best charts and data visualizations—the ones that deserved lives of their own outside the articles they were originally created for. Every weekday, we post a selection from one of our highly skilled data-visualization editors to our collection page, Charting the Path to the Next Normal. As we look back at the year that was, these daily charts tell a story about our changing world, from the early days of lockdowns and a tumultuous summer to ending the year on a hopeful note. While uncertainty remains, and each chart in isolation offers but one lens on the landscape, the themes emerging from the collection as a whole provide unique insight into the many disruptions 2020 visited on us.
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There’s an urgency to getting chronic conditions under control. The world’s population is aging, and many of the conditions we’re concerned about are associated with age and lifestyle. Current trends suggest that the incidence of those diseases will rise over the next 20 years, while infectious diseases may decline.1
(Published in July)
Turning to the private sector, the effects of the pandemic were uneven across industries. Some of this was inevitable, just because different types of crises affect industries differently. We analyzed 23 industry value chains to assess their exposure to pandemics, cyberattacks, geophysical events, heat stress, flooding, and trade disputes. Flip through the resulting index to see how your industry would be affected by each type of shock.1
(Published in August)
For more on the pandemic and the world’s response to it, see McKinsey Global Publishing’s full collection of insights on the next normal beyond the coronavirus.
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Our data-visualization editors, Richard Johnson, Matt Perry, and Jonathon Rivait, created all the charts featured in this collection and choose the best of their creations daily for our Charting the Path to the Next Normal series. This collection was assembled by Shubham Bassi, Mike Borruso, Torea Frey, Marcelo Garza, Arun Gupta, Julie Macias, Janet Michaud, Christine Nguyen, Kanika Punwani, Charmaine Rice, and Nathan Wilson.
This page is just part of our full year-end series celebrating the best of McKinsey Global Publishing in 2020. See the full collection at, 2020 year in review: Highlights from our publishing.