Coronavirus has proven a tricky one to combat: It kills less than half of those who catch it, can often be debilitatingly long-lasting, and is completely curable, which almost always tends to make the scenario seem better than it really is. No matter how tenacious researchers are working to find a way to stop this deadly virus, the track record of progress is shockingly poor.

But this probably has more to do with who’s working on a cure than anything else. Sometimes scientists are just not in the habit of calling attention to their progress. Coronavirus is already in the open with this U.S. government-funded nonprofit, Allia. On top of that, Coronavirus and the many other obscure viruses that affect humans, birds, and marine life can rarely be seen unless they’re being hunted and eaten in China. Although it’s true that Coronavirus can be found in many, many different organisms, its life cycle is largely isolated.

The major difference is that when scientists turn their attention to progress on the problem, they can expect a whole lot more interest and coverage. For Coronavirus, the influx of attention has been grimly predictable. Thankfully, that’s it for now. Without any major scientific breakthroughs, all that effort in the lab is probably going to go unacknowledged for the rest of the century.

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