Let me tell you Nick I worked in a HIV research facility (one of two in the country) and the precautions we took, hand washing, locked doors, and containment of the virus (and other viruses) wwere exactly to set protocols.We are supposed to be working in Science Depts, so let's try not to conflate one pandemic with another. HIV is generally avoidable and is now treatable, and those who have it when under successful treatment can no longer pass it on.
Covid-19 is a novel virus, we are still learning about it, but that learning process is already more advanced than HIV was after two years.
However it is rather more easily caught, and currently less treatable. It will affect more of the population and it will cause a strain on resources.
HIV did not shut down a whole country, so yes, keep it in perspective, but let's not be daft about it. It will impact our lives, more than likely in ways that none of us has seen in their lifetimes.