Updated: Mar 25, 2020

Fear of the unknown is our greatest enemy when facing any challenge, especially a serious, contagious outbreak that could affect our family, the community and nation, and on rare occasions like this—the world.

The truth is little is known about COVID-19, the newest mutation formed from the Coronavirus—the ground-zero germ responsible for the common cold, the flu, SARS, MERS-CoV, and now COVID-19.

The bad news is it may be a year before a vaccine is available to keep this disease contained or at least manageable which means we must do everything in our power to take care of ourselves and those around us, especially our medical professionals and first-responders.

The good news is there are many common sense ways in which we can minimize our exposure to this potentially deadly bug. Ways that were discovered during other pandemics throughout history, such as: the Bubonic plague which traced the cause to vermin and flea bites and resulted in better hygienic practices; smallpox and a vaccine developed from cowpox that eradicated the disease; typhoid fever and the discovery of the Salmonella bacillus; and the Spanish flu which broke out during WWI (1918-19) but other than tracing its origins to the bird flu virus, has remained a mystery to this day.

Through research, technological advancements, and miracle moments, each medical misfortune has advanced the knowledge of science and offered us better and healthier lives through sterilization, new vaccines, and antibiotics. Right now, we are living in a time of great uncertainty and even greater hope. Let's do what we can to protect ourselves, help our neighbor, and the government to eradicate this latest attack on humanity's well-being by working together, and pray for new discoveries that will help us enjoy healthier lives in the future.

It seems when Americans are challenged is when we present our best results. We invent and design our most brilliant ideas, and then willingly share what we have learned or built for the betterment of the world as illustrated, for example, by Bell Labs with their contributions of the transistor, laser, and the cell phone, to name a few.

This crisis, too, shall pass, and the world will learn from it and continue as it's meant to be.

Are you looking for more uplifting articles to read during these uncertain times? The following posts are written by some of my Richard Paul Evans Premier Author Training colleagues.

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Jo Ann Glim is an award-winning author, forty-year freelance writer, and passionate photographer. She lives in Bradenton, Florida with her husband, Bill and rescued Scottish Terrier, Lucy. She's published two books, "Begotten With Love" a 2014 Florida Writers Association Royal Palm Literary Award first-place winner for biography, and the newly published non-fiction life story "Trapped_Within."