Is it simply me, or have the discussions about methods to fight the COVID-19 coronavirus been pondering small? Sure, we are able to and will all do our half – keep bodily distancing, keep house when sick, put on a masks, wash and sanitize our palms and house. We’re researching vaccines at a breakneck tempo and studying plenty of varied therapies alongside the way in which. However I discover an absence of public dialogue concerning the function different know-how can play in decreasing the chance of publicity.
I’m not speaking about apps on our telephones or gadgets that we put on. I’m speaking about conventional engineering, materials science and design applied sciences – the sort which have been making our lives safer for years.
Engineering enhancements have diminished the dangers of individuals dying in an earthquake. We construct higher buildings with stronger supplies. We’ve got improved roofing supplies to scale back the chance that properties will catch on hearth, even in essentially the most extreme wildfire seasons. In different elements of the nation, new supplies are decreasing the results of wind shear, so buildings are higher outfitted to face up to hurricanes and tornadoes.
This ingenuity is a part of our nation’s success – from successful battles in World Conflict II to sending folks to the moon. We invent. We innovate. We create. We adapt.
But our response to the novel coronavirus to date has been binary. States and counties are “open” or “closed.”
Maybe that was obligatory throughout the early a part of the yr, after we knew little about how the virus unfold, the illness it brought about, or methods to kill it. However as our understanding has elevated, we needs to be in search of extra approaches than a easy on/off change.
We all know that ultraviolet gentle reduces the unfold of viruses. It has been utilized in hospitals and medical services for years. Subtle filtration know-how permits the army to enter areas with unknown contaminants and retains astronauts alive in house.
Whereas public discourse about COVID-19 has been restricted to “open/closed,” and vaccines and medical therapies, we needs to be inspired that there are a selection of firms working to handle the illness with innovation and know-how. Notably, a number of firms are proper right here in Santa Clarita Valley.
They set up a wide range of UV and filtration gadgets globally. They’re among the many many innovators all around the globe developing with applied sciences that scale back our threat of COVID-19 unfold. Absolutely these applied sciences will help us struggle the virus. Absolutely they will help us resume indoor actions, get children again in colleges, and employees again in workplaces. Absolutely we are able to provide you with methods past long-term vaccines and short-term shutdowns that prove to not be so quick.
Sadly, I don’t hear a lot public dialog about how these applied sciences can scale back publicity threat. The dialogue amongst public well being and civic leaders stays restricted to a vaccine because the singular resolution and persevering with shutdowns till then. I definitely hope a vaccine is discovered rapidly and successfully distributed. However within the meantime, there are extra instruments within the toolbox that may scale back virus unfold. If circumstances of COVID-19 improve once more, we’d like different choices than shutting down the financial system and isolating ourselves.
We all know methods to invent and innovate. We all know methods to create and adapt. We have to discover, analysis, fund and set up these applied sciences now so we are able to reopen our colleges, workplaces and different indoor areas. We have to increase our view to past the “open/closed” mentality and embrace methods of addressing the virus with innovation and know-how.
Holly Schroeder is president and CEO of the Santa Clarita Valley Financial Improvement Corp.