It was a great time for baseball fans and scientists.
They came together at the Cleveland Museum of Natural History to see the baseball championship games at the park of their choice, and at the Columbus Zoo in the middle of a zoo-wide pandemic.
They also took part in the annual International Conference of Science and the Arts at the University of Southern California, where they were able to watch a new version of a NASA space shuttle launch, the first in more than a decade.
And they were even able to see a special exhibit of the new James Webb Space Telescope (JWST), the first telescope to be built by Nasa in partnership with the European Space Agency.
The science community was buzzing with excitement.
In the months that followed, many scientists began to feel increasingly nervous about the pandemic, particularly about how to deal with the spread of the coronavirus.
A lot of the fears and doubts about the spread had come to the fore during the pandemics’ initial years, when scientists believed that a pandemic was unlikely.
But as the virus has spread rapidly, so has its capacity to spread through the air, as shown by the increasing number of people who have tested positive for the virus, and the rising number of infections among those already infected.
This, in turn, has raised a number of questions.
How can we effectively manage the spread?
Can we stop it?
How can public health workers help?
And how can we ensure that we can get all the necessary vaccines to those who need them?
There are already some tools that scientists and health workers can use to manage the pandacovirus, but the best advice I can give is to look at the tools we have, and then ask yourself: Is there anything I could do to ensure the public health community gets the right information, so that they have the best information possible, and can make the best decisions to help them?
This article was amended on 9 November 2018 to clarify that the pandcovirus has spread faster than originally estimated and to add a reference to the Columbus zoo.