If the COVID-19 coronavirus had been visible to the naked eye, like flies, cockroaches, or scorpions, we might have been able to cope better with its danger, even if a vaccine was not possible. For instance, if we heard that a single scorpion was found in a shop somewhere, then normally people would flee and avoid every nook and cranny that this scorpion could hide in. However, since the coronavirus cannot be seen with the naked eye, it is only human nature that we underestimate its threat, since we all fear only what we can see.
A woman looks out her home's window amid a lockdown to help curb the spread of the new coronavirus in Bogota, Colombia on June 12, 2020. (AP)
People wearing protective face masks walk in a busy street in Paris. (File photo: Reuters)