There is a large focus, globally, on COVID19 and while we are by no means out of the woods there is a lot that we can learn from the virus so far.

One of the biggest take-aways that I think we need to learn from this pandemic is how truly connected the world actually is. Air travel and the scale of movement in society has aided the transmission of the virus. As we navigate the future I think that we are going to have to use wearable technology to help closely monitor our health and use this data, along with machine learning, to manage health in a pre-emptive manner.

This will require a big shift in mindset as it involves data and pushes privacy boundaries, but could offer substantial assistance with regards to isolating cases of future virus pandemics. This article (AI Could help with the next pandemic – but not this one) articulates the trade-off well and is worth a read.

Another aspect that I think needs to be considered is the power that platforms have in today’s environment. Google has partnered with the US Government to create a website for the virus. They have also taken steps to help produce better search results for the virus, which assist in educating people about the virus. People around the world spend vast amounts of time on platforms and it is great to see how leaders of these technology giants are using their power to help drive solutions, awareness, and education.

As many more countries around the globe encourage communities to practice social distancing and self-quarantining, I am reminded of how important the access to shared information is. Podcasts allow us to access information, thoughts, lessons, and ideas from leading thinkers who we may never have the opportunity to meet. Working together will help us to combat the spread of the virus and it is crucial for us to share information from credible sources.

Here are a few podcasts that I recommend listening to in order to get up to speed on the severity of the COVID-19 virus and why we need to act now. Acting now, doesn’t mean panicking… rather opt for a calm and measured approach.

#78 Balaji Srinivasan: Exploring COVID-19

Rebel Wisdom: Sensemaking the Coronavirus

Tomas Pueyo: Going Viral over Corona

Dr. Andrew Weil – Coronavirus (COVID-19) prevention tactics

#191 — Early Thoughts on a Pandemic

#190 — How Should We Respond to Coronavirus?

#1439 – Michael Osterholm – on the Joe Rogan Experience