Innovating against an Invisible Enemy

Friday April 17, 2020 0 comments Tags: Steve Porter, COVID-19

Steve_Editorially_SpeakingBy Steve Porter

InnovatioNews Editor

Without a doubt, we are living through one of the most dangerous and worrisome periods in human history.

COVID-19 is an Invisible Enemy stalking the world, and humanity is in a war to overcome it.

Hats off to the frontline medical workers, grocery workers, truck drivers, delivery drivers, police and firefighters, trash collectors, postal workers, pharmacists and all the other folks who daily put their lives on the line to provide us with some sense of normalcy as this awful plague plays out.

But let’s not forget the researchers and scientists who are working literally around the clock -- and around the world -- to develop faster, better testing for this virus and those who are engaged in the ultimate goal: a vaccine to prevent and/or recover from it.

This enemy is destructive to all, but especially to our most vulnerable populations -- the physically compromised and our aging parents and grandparents.

In our state, researchers at Colorado State University and CU Boulder are taking the fight to the virus:

But they are not alone.

Many private companies are also doing their part to try to hold back and eventually conquer this menace to our lives:

This is the first time in human history that the world has been so united in a fight against a common enemy -- sharing knowledge and research breakthroughs to turn back the tide.

And the tide does seem to be turning as we pass the mid-April point. Recoveries from the disease are on the rise, and encouraging news is coming almost daily from the world’s laboratories.

We can consider ourselves fortunate to be living in an age of great technological innovation. Never before have we had such an arsenal of scientific skill and cutting-edge tech.

With these tools, we will overcome the Invisible Enemy.

But I say that with caution: This is an enemy that can potentially mutate and hit us again -- perhaps even harder. Painful lessons learned now will hopefully better prepare us for another onslaught should it come.

The world will not be the same after this disease is beaten. We are being shaken to our core, and our daily lives will be different in many ways. How different, only time will tell.

Unfortunately, humans seem to have short memories. Our natural instinct is to move on from a catastrophe and try to forget.

But let us never forget the heroes -- including the innovative scientists and medical researchers -- who are helping us to reclaim our lives and the futures of ourselves and our children.