The long awaited break to end the pandemic phase of COVID-19 pandemic we all await continues to elude us despite many breakthrough control tools and measures. In times like these when participation of everyone is needed, succinct and clear messaging is a key – and we dedicate this post to applaud one powerful and succinct statement.
While we await the end of the pandemic phase of COVID-19 and to begin the new normal, we recognize the rapid development and deployment of vaccines as one of the biggest success of science, technology, regulatory flexibility. That and the rapid and effective role played by governments in many parts of the world as highlights of what we as a society can do to rise to serious challenges. These accomplishments would have been decade long process in the past or minimally a multi-year process.
As with the other posts of ‘HiBrow Perspectives’ – we highlight salient and some not obvious aspects of some of these huge successes in biomedical and technological innovations, business strategy, regulatory and governance aspects that have impacted the society positively in major ways as well as some stark disappointments.
Masks, do they protect me directly if I wear? Why should I wear them if it protects others and not me? Here I present a line of reasoning for masks being protective to the person who wears it and relate it to a rapid acting equivalent of vehicle seat belts. I hope the message in this blog aids change in mindset and practice, and together with other developments in place now help us create ‘The Moment’ to hold current state of the COVID-19 pandemic as its worst and help move to build a better future faster.