Not to diminish the superhuman efforts of nurses, doctors and health care workers worldwide, but sometimes, no matter how hard one tries and no matter how selflessly one sacrifices, one stands no chance against a more powerful enemy.

The new coronavirus has proved to be such a foe. Were it not for technology, the battle against COVID-19 would have been lost by now.

Math and technology, to be more precise. I say math, because understanding a concept as basic as "exponential growth" proved crucial for attacking the enemy head-on.