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Why are we creating the COVID-19 prevention & treatment graphic novel?

Updated: Apr 19, 2020

When the outbreak of COVID-19 emerged in Wuhan, China, in December 2019, nobody knew what was happening.

As a newly identified pathogen, even the best doctors had a million questions: How contagious is the virus? What is the virus’ form of transmission? What are the symptoms? How do we save the patients? … the list goes on.

Standing on the front line, Chinese health workers gained invaluable experiences combating the virus.

And now, they hope to share their hard-earned lessons with the rest of the world, so that the world can minimize its losses and spare many families the pain already felt by those who have lost their loved ones.

(Excerpt of graphic novel "One World, One Fight")

But, how?

On March 27 2020, the United Nations announced the GLOBAL CALL TO CREATIVES: An Open Brief from the United Nations. In the brief, UN Secretary-General, Antonio Guterres stated “we are in an unprecedented situation and the normal rules no longer apply. We cannot resort to the usual tools in such unusual times. The creativity of the response must match the unique nature of the crisis – and the magnitude of the response must match its scale.”

At the same time, the Jack Ma Foundation published The COVID-19 Prevention and Treatment Handbook ( This handbook compares and analyzes the experience of other experts in China; gives detailed and comprehensive answers to potential questions for diagnosing and treating patients in different types; and provides a good reference to key departments such as hospital infection management, nursing, and outpatient clinics. This handbook provides comprehensive guidelines and best practices by China’s top experts for coping with COVID-19.

(Excerpt of graphic novel "One World, One Fight")

Considering the technicalities of the handbook, we have decided to use our creativity and adapt the handbook into a five-episodes graphic novel, titled “One World, One Fight”, to help people around the world (with or without medical knowledge) understand the best practices to fight COVID-19 through an engaging story. In attempt to ensure the accuracy of the information illustrated, we consulted doctors around the world (China, UK, Singapore, Netherlands, USA) for their feedbacks.

The first episode is commissioned by Mr. Haruo Nagai, and we will continue to raise funds to complete the creation of the graphic novel.

There will be five episodes to this graphic novel, and we hope you will enjoy reading it as much as we did.

Best wishes,

Gen Z Group

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