The Salvation Army Reminds Us How Many Times America Has Overcome Health Scares

Posted: Apr 01, 2020 2:10 PM
The Salvation Army Reminds Us How Many Times America Has Overcome Health Scares

Source: Official White House Photo by D. Myles Cullen

The Salvation Army, one of the largest relief organizations in the U.S., is here to break the cycle of bad news. The coronavirus has stopped life as we know it, but precedent tells us it won't be forever. Countless times the U.S. has rallied to beat health scares into oblivion. In its new video, "Let's Fight Together 'Remember,'" as part of its Let's Fight Together Campaign, the organization reminds us of some of the more inspiring successes.

Typhoid, a bacterial infection spread by contaminated food and water, used to be invincible. Then we found a cure and beat it in 1914. It is now extremely rare.

And we didn't stop there. We went on to beat smallpox, diphtheria, polio, and find a treatment for HIV.

Then comes the crux of the Salvation Army's message:

"It's 2020. There is no cure for COVID-19. And we're going to beat that too. We always do."

Try not to tear up.

American innovation is already well on its way to another astounding medical achievement. Medical device makers are developing record fast COVID-19 tests, some of which, like the one from Abbott Laboratories that President Trump is displaying in the photo above, can produce results in just five minutes. And companies and institutions are inching closer to discovering a vaccine, while states like New York have begun clinical trials on drugs like hydroxychloroquine that have shown promising results for COVID-19 patients.