Inspiration: Re-Opening of economy & culture
What it does
In June/July of last year, Germany and many other European countries had reached a situation of low incidence after successfully bending the curves of the first surges of Covid-19. Restrictions were lifted progressively, and international travel was allowed again. When the numbers started to rise, first slowly, and then rapidly, non-pharmaceutical interventions were imposed late and reluctantly. The lack of both a structured exit strategy and a detailed plan for outbreak management steered many of the countries into difficult epidemiological situations and the next round of lockdowns. The No-COVID Strategy aims at a safe and sustainable re-opening of societies and economies. It suggests pursuing the No-COVID goal, and, once this goal has been reached, applying the Green Zone Strategy to protect it. Several countries have successfully implemented this approach, thereby making it possible for their populations to return to a nearly normal life. For the Federal Republic of Germany and other European countries, too, this path is feasible and desirable — in terms of health, economy, and society.
How we built it
Using data literacy and micro-geographic data
Challenges we ran into
Needed data for understanding
Accomplishments that we're proud of
What we learned
That the right data is key to insights - otherwise garbage in & garbage out.
What's next for Low Incidence Strategy
Interdisciplinary work of experts and scientists