Some of the roller-coaster of the past two-plus years is a result of scientific progress. We have made routine the once-futuristic genetic profiling of every wisp of the virus. We can name spike protein mutations and know the avidity of attachment to human cells within days of viral isolation. We have created our own scientific drama.
Unfortunately, the latter struggle, being untethered from reality, has no ground rules or apparent path forward. In this way, it is every bit as slippery and shape-shifting as the coronavirus itself.