Strategic thinking

Fighting COVID-19 – Let’s work the problem

We are all exposed to COVID-19 and its multiple types of implications. So, let’s use the wisdom of crowds to map out all the things that we—people (individuals and families), hospitals (and other healthcare organizations), other orgs (companies, non profits), and governments—can do to fight this thing.

I’m developing a how map that lists all the actions that these actors can take to eradicate COVID-19.

If you have ideas, please submit them in the comments below, and I’ll update the map daily over the next weeks.

Let’s work this problem!

Update from March 25. Want to do more? You can join a hackathon, such as the ones by Versusvirus and CodeVsCovid19.

Click below to see the latest version of the map:

Fighting COVID-19 2020-03-27

Thanks to contributors: Fabrizio De Notaris, Matteo Conti, Vlada Rey, Thibaut Decré, Adrien Duffournet, Leslie Farnsworth, Christos Cabolis, Albrecht Enders, Katharina Lange, Maude Lavanchy, Vincent Besse, Pierfrancesco Rosini, Sonia Klose, Joris Vanraak, Tania Baptista, Pierre Berthelot.

Other useful links:

A critical element that we can all do is help share quality information and prevent the sharing of misleading information. The CDC has a useful list of facts about COVID-19 here.

The Center for Disease Control and Prevention’s COVID-19 page.

World Heath Organization’s COVID-19 page.

Johns Hopkins’ interactive map of global cases.

Worldometer’s tracking of cases by country.

Join the discussion 16 Comments

  • Fabrizio De Notaris says:

    In the other organisation prevention node, I would add testing employees. In the government prevention node, I would add “enforce initiatives to prevent propagation (i.e. social distancing / staying at home)”. Also, government should be aware of social repercussions which might translate in civil unrest.

  • Pro says:

    Hi professor,
    This is just a hint to fight the COVID19 outbreak and one that needs validation by experts.
    Since this we are talking about fighting, and in order to be as MECE as possible, I suggest that the branching of the tree be attack/defense oriented such as:

    ———-By attacking the disease
    ———-By limiting its impact as best as we can
    ———-By defending against it
    How to win the war on COVID19 ?

    ———-By attacking the disease
    ———-By Eradicating it
    ———-By defending against it

    Some of the solutions would be to aim for “herd immunity” and maybe “limited intentional infection”. I’m not definitely not confident about these tracks, but I made them up while having these underlying hypotheses:
    * We may soon pinpoint what exact attributes make COVID19 pass like a common cold in some patients (discover the recovery factors)
    * Anyone who survived the infection develops an immunity lasting at least 2 years or more
    * Vaccines will be available in 81 months

    Again, these are all exploratory tracks that have to be validated by experts.

  • Chris Close says:

    Do we know if 3D files are readily available for ventilators?

    As I have colleagues who have multiple units and could supply some parts?

    The next question is where does he send said parts?

  • Maude says:

    Great initiative! Though this is not directly contributing to your mapping effort, I found the following interactive essay very helpful to understand and compare the general impact of different measures (e.g. travel bans, number of encounters, hospital capacity, etc.). The author uses simulations to build intuition around outbreaks and exponential growth.

  • Maude says:

    In a recent article in Wired, Tristan Harris (president and cofounder of the Center for Humane Technology) urged social platforms to “abandon the myth of neutral metrics and engagement, and restructure technology to prioritize this corrective lens that can help save millions of lives,” and made several suggestions on what these platforms could do to fight the pandemic. In particular, he suggested they could nudge their users to make life-saving choices (e.g. through personalized message for people in affected areas, or by “shaping social norms” like what Facebook did when it created its “voting button”) and/or create a more intelligent supply-demand coordination system (that matches users with the right local help with those in need, planning the medical supply chain, etc.). These actions could potentially help “reduce the desire or need to go outside” in the map.

    You can read the article mentioned here:

  • Natalia Olynec says:

    Make more masks available ….. By engaging civil tailors to sew masks at home

    not the best option but….

  • Natalia Olynec says:

    Maybe this should be topic of the MBA innovation week…

  • Joris says:

    Below some input from my side, some are easier than others

    – Apps like TraceTogether in Singapore for location tracking in informing/warning citizens on potential contact with an infected person. Apparently being opened up for other countries
    – Another solution would be overlays in existing (installed) apps like Google Maps to inform citizens what locations to avoid due to high risk of infection because of crowds
    – In some countries like in Poland they use technology to remotely monitor quarantined people
    – In multiple countries apps are being launched for citizens to share medical information and help them identify/diagnose their symptoms

    I’m keen to connect on this topic Mr. Chevallier & Mr. Enders. Please let me know how to further support.

  • Tânia says:

    What a great initiative, thank you very much for working on this and bringing the community together to problem solve.
    I would suggest another node on how do we navigate or prepare the future. There are lots of things we have already learned and more things that we will continue to learn. How do we ensure these learnings are recorded and incorporated to prevent future limitations? (assuming they are preventable). How do we ensure governments, businesses and societies incorporate this learnings to improve reaction to future calamities?
    I see a lot of people already tackling what his (in Portugal another example is Tech4COVID, currently running full steam, but many more exist in different countries) -how about if we also “inspire what could be”?
    Stay safe everyone!

    • Hi Tania,
      I agree that we should use this experience to navigate similar ones better in the future. But we purposely limited the scope to fighting this one instance as the map is already getting big enough. 🙂 We can always do another map later to capitalize on what we learned!
      Stay safe,

  • Pierre Berthelot says:

    Under the node “By hindering its propagation from things to people/By reducing contact with things outside of
    one’s home”, we could add that we can either:
    – modify “things” so that they do no longer necessitate contact with hands (for example elbow/motion actioned light switches or doors).
    – avoid using “things”
    Under the node “By reducing people’s ability to go outside”: based on early detection system (statistical approach based on GPS tracking of one-self crossed with Covid-19 infected people’s tracking), better targeted and stricter confinement. In other words, if I took the same elevator as my neighbour on Monday and he was detected Covid-19 on Tuesday, I should be strictly confined.

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