As vaccines roll out around the world, the question on everybody’s mind, is what does the journey back to “normal” look like? A new normal won’t return at the flip of a switch. We need to understand what’s happening, and we need trusted data to do that. So what should we be tracking? What metrics do we need to make effective, data-driven decisions? And, how do we know if we’re on the path to normalcy?
Picture this. Things will be okay when they get simple again. That’s the view of Dr. Sam Scarpino, complex systems scientist, and assistant professor at the Network Science Institute at Northeastern University. With his help, we’ve identified 5 key variables that can help us measure our progress to a state resembling normalcy. In other words, what data will tell us when and how we can return to a simpler - if not quite normal - life.