COVID revealed many things, shortcomings, strengths, fears and opportunities. But if it revealed something, it was the importance of data in decision making. The accumulated incidence rate marked the course of our lives for months: extending the degrees of freedom of movement, safety distances and teleworking policies.

During the early stages of COVID, as in other epidemics, the data was not reliable. We did not know what we were measuring and our policies were wrong, few, excessive at times. Not knowing what we were measuring prevented us from knowing how to fix it.

The data was quickly taking center stage in official communications, in the media and also in BBVA, where a small team supported by all was in charge of centralizing the data on the pandemic to help the Medical Service and guide the strategy on the return to The normality.

The sculpture you are holding in your hands represents the data on the incidents accumulated in BBVA between May 2020 and September 2021. The purpose of this sculpture is to pay tribute and thank those who, through their efforts, made this reliable data available and those who trusted on these data to make decisions.

Behind each point in this data series there is an employee and behind each one of them, a team that was in charge of ensuring that the information was correct. Nothing can restore the losses caused by COVID, but this sculpture also serves to underline the important task of taking care of information and data.

COVID has shown that in environments of high uncertainty it is necessary to resort to data and that, without an adequate level of quality and governance, data does not help.

Trust in public institutions has been going down recently in OECD countries. The percentage of the population reporting confidence in national government went down every year from 2009-2013. This visualization shows the OECD-average estimate of trust in governments over the period 2006-2014, using Gallup's data.

Source: Credit: Esteban Ortiz-Ospina and Max Roser




The World Bank poverty headcount ratio at $1.90 a day (2011 PPP) (% of population) is the percentage of the population living on less than $1.90 a day at 2011 international prices. After 25 years of steady decline, global extreme poverty is expected to rise in 2020 for the first time in over 20 years. Disruption of the COVID-19 pandemic compounds forces of conflict and climate change, which were already slowing poverty reduction progress. Data from 2020 has not been reflected on official statistics yet.





The average global temperature on Earth has increased by a little more than 1° Celsius (2° Fahrenheit) since 1880. Two-thirds of the warming has occurred since 1975, at a rate of roughly 0.15-0.20°C per decade. A one-degree global change is significant because it takes a vast amount of heat to warm all the oceans, atmosphere, and land by that much.