Is There a Novelette Coronavirus?

Ah, the novel coronavirus! The way things are playing out, its story will be a novel, all right!

But does it have to be that way? Isn’t there anything that could turn it into a novelette coronavirus? One with a much shorter history of impact and grip on humanity?

It might well turn out that whomever labeled the coronavirus as “novel”, might have given it a far more meaningful name than they knew!