Barely six weeks ago, Brexit was the biggest threat to our national prosperity.
Then the other unmentionable landed on us all from on high.
But despite disappearing from public view, Brexit is not dead - it has merely been sleeping amid coronavirus.
Those laid low included Brussels's chief negotiator Michel Barnier, who has emerged from self-isolation as an ambitious programme of EU-UK talks was knocked sideways.
Now they are trying to put things back on track as British and European Union officials have agreed three new rounds of post-Brexit trade talks from next week onwards.
Notably, Mr Barnier and his UK counterpart, David Frost, did not mention the idea of postponing the end of Britain's EU exit transition beyond the increasingly fictional deadline of December 31.
"The two sides agreed on the need to organise further negotiating rounds in order to make real, tangible progress in the negotiations by June," their joint statement read.
They described their video conference as "constructive".
The London and Brussels negotiating teams will be back on the dreaded video link next Monday.
Their job, as always of keenest interest to Ireland both north and south, remains to frame a working relationship on trade and other matters between the EU and the UK in a post-Brexit world.
The rounds of talks will continue, starting next week, and lasting roughly a week each.
After the start next Monday, they will continue in the weeks from May 11 and June 1.
There will follow an additional "high-level" meeting sometime in June to "take stock" before they formally decide whether a delay is in fact necessary.
The EU is ready to give an extension of the standstill transition of anything up to two years beyond December 31 next.
That would be a godsend for everyone involved in Irish farming and business generally.
UK Prime Minister Boris Johnson has repeatedly insisted there is no question of the UK remaining under EU rules after December 31.
But a quick deal before this year ends always looked unlikely at very best and impossible to honest observers.
The coronavirus epidemic has nailed the door shut on the outside possibility of even some kind of scrambled deal this year.
Under the Brexit withdrawal agreement, the sides must decide on a delay of a year - or up to two years - before the end of June.
As we have learned in this Brexit process, either a EU-UK deal or a delay would mean serious trade disruption, with Ireland the meat in the sandwich.
As if to emphasise the intervention of coronavirus, UK negotiator Mr Frost was also driven into self-isolation.
That was dwarfed by the UK's Mr Brexit, Boris Johnson himself, being more grievously stricken and obliged to spend three nights in intensive care.
But even though the negotiators are fully recovered, and Mr Johnson also apparently o n the mend, the sides will remain far apart both literally and politically.
Their video-linked talks are a metaphor for how differently the sides view where this one should land.
Brussels officials say EU post-Brexit fishery rights to UK waters - something which is worth up to €500m a year to Ireland - are still derailing the whole process.
London is trying to negotiate a series of packages in different domains such as fishing, goods, aviation, justice and energy among others.
But EU leaders want a single overarching structure for ties with the former member.
Irish and French officials insist fisheries rights cannot be isolated.
All European economies are taking a massive hit from the global pandemic and the lockdowns.
That has to shift the UK negotiating stance.