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I hope this chapter has helped you learn more about SARS-CoV-2 and the disease it causes. Even in the best of circumstances, COVID-19 was going to be a long, hard fight. All the frightening news stories can leave one feeling powerless against this disease. But that was not the case. We are on a way to beating it There is a lot you can do to help. Many of this advice is no longer needed in some parts of the world, but I leave it here as a reminder. And maybe for the next pandemic, which I hope is many years in our future.
One thing this epidemic has shown everyone is that we need each other. The doctors, nurses, and caregivers are there to treat all those sicked by the illness. Farmers grow food year-round, and food processing plants turn that into the products we consume. Truckers, railway operators, US postal workers, and all the others in the transportation industry get the food and supplies we need to their destinations. Grocery store workers stock the shelves and help us to get the food we need. And do not forget the police and firefighters who are still on the job to keep us safe. Without all these essential employees, society would not function. It's a little ironic that these occupations are some of the lowest-paid positions. They should not be!