I agree with your statement on how educa…

I agree with your statement on how educational institutions at all levels need to consider developing and supporting a robust online education system in parallel with face-to-face instruction. Not to make any absolute claims, but it is possible that dangerous novel viruses are going to pop up periodically – possibly at least once per decade; therefore, it is important that we plan for events like epidemics and pandemics just as much as we plan our response to earthquakes and other natural disasters. Pandemics and epidemics are different from other natural disasters in that they do not impact our infrastructure (i.e., no buildings or towers are destroyed); this makes online education (and online services in general) essential in supporting communities in isolation because of widespread disease.