The virus has infected more than 100 million people in the developed world, killing thousands of people and destroying the lives of millions more.
It has also killed nearly 4,500 Australians and more than 3,000 in New Zealand.
But even before the pandemic broke out, a small group of researchers and healthcare professionals had long been working on a new, experimental antivirus called Wanaero.
Wanaeros research has been praised for its efficiency and simplicity, and its potential to stop the spread of the virus.
Here are some of the ways it could be useful.
How do I protect myself?
If you have a high risk of contracting the virus, you might want to consider taking the following precautions: Avoid close contact with anyone who is sick.
That includes family and friends and strangers.
The virus is passed from person to person.
Avoid close family and personal contact.