Back to Basics

So .. we need a vaccine. Something that is preventative .. a prophylactic.

This may look like a flu shot, where data drives what’s in it, and data that advises for how long it will last. This is the ultimate assurance that the population is protected.

From the NIH (Dr. Fauci’s organization), look at how vaccines have changed the world: “The contribution of vaccination to global health: past, present and future“.

Winner, winner, chicken dinner. This gets us back to normal.

On the not-so-basic side:

  • We need to know who is immune and cannot infect others. It’s especially important that they not transmit the virus, which is unknown at present.
  • We need to know that regardless of our status, have we been exposed? This is unlikely something that can be tested, but Apple and Google are working on a Coronavirus tracking tool. From The Verge: “How you’ll use Apple and Google’s coronavirus tracking tool“. My concern: if I’m in the same place (like a store) as someone with a positive status, will this produce a false positive for me?
  • Last, therapy. Where if you catch it, there is a treatment to help you get over it. Which in turn, gives you the antibodies to provide yourself immunity (the top bullet).

Vaccines are 12-18 months out. Serology may happen ‘this week’, but initially, only for critical workers. Apple and Google will likely be pretty fast, but a lot of unknowns therein at the moment. Therapy doesn’t really exist yet.

Our current solution is avoidance .. and it is working. Plateaus are visible. We need to keep it up.

Stay connected. Stay safe. Stay home.

About Michael Coates
I am a pragmatic evangelist. The products, services and solutions I write about fulfill real-world expectations and use cases. I stay up-to-date on real products I use and review, and share my thoughts here. I apply the same lens when designing an architecture, product or when writing papers. I am always looking for ways that technology can create or enhance a business opportunity .. not just technology for technology's sake. My CV says: Seasoned technology executive, leveraging years of experience with enterprise and integration architectural patterns, executed with healthy doses of business acumen and pragmatism. That's me. My web site says: Technology innovations provide a myriad of opportunities for businesses. That said, having the "latest and greatest" for its own sake isn't always a recipe for success. Business successes gained through exploiting innovation relies on analysis of how the new features will enhance your business followed by effective implementation. Goals vary far and wide: streamlining operations, improving customer experience, extending brand, and many more. In all cases, you must identify and collect the metrics you can apply to measure your success. Analysis must be holistic and balanced: business and operational needs must be considered when capitalizing on a new technology asset or opportunity.

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