COVID-19 has inflicted devastating losses. It has also delivered certain blessings.
This has been a year of terrible loss. People have lost loved ones to the pandemic. Many have gotten sick, and some are still suffering. Children have lost a year of school. Millions have lost a steady paycheck. Some have lost small businesses that they’d built for decades. Almost all of us have lost hugs and visits and travel and the joy of gathering together at a favorite restaurant and more.
With all the awful impacts of the pandemic and the lives lost, as well as destroyed, it might seem odd to talk about positive impacts. This The Atlantic story discusses the ways it has had a positive impact on science. To say we love it would be an understatement.
Here are three ways the world has changed for the better during this awful year.
1. WE NOW KNOW HOW TO CODE FOR OUR VACCINES
Perhaps the development that will have the most profound implications for future generations is the incredible advances in synthetic messenger RNA (mRNA) biotechnologies…