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COVID-19: Dealing with Uncertainty and Ambiguity

It is going to be a problem long-term.

People don't like having to deal with uncertainty. Are we going on vacation? Will school return to actual classrooms in the fall? Will I be going off to college and getting the full experience of higher education? Will my job come back? Will the department stores that I like shopping at reopen? Will government assistance continue after it is expected to expire the end of July?

There are dozens more questions that could be asked about living in a coronavirus world. 

Unfortunately, there are few guarantees to much of anything having to do with COVID-19, which I think will be COVID-20 within seven months. Getting "one's mind right" to allow for ambiguity in life is likely what we'll need to do to remain mentally prepared for the future. 

My current planning assumption is that the virus will continue to be active well into 2020 and if, and I say if, there is a vaccine developed that can be manufactured and distributed, it will be July/August at best before we have enough doses and people getting the vaccine to venture out in a pre-COVID manner. 

As my wife Mary and I say, "It is what it is!" 


Eric Holdeman is a contributing writer for Emergency Management magazine and is the former director of the King County, Wash., Office of Emergency Management.