"ELI5: Glitter = HIV, Vacuum = treatment. Coins on floor = good cells
You have to vacuum your room and have to pick up EVERY glitter particle. Here's the catch, the glitter can replicate if you do not remove every single particle. While you are vacuuming (taking antiviral therapy), you have to make sure not to suck up the coins on the floor (uninfected cells). You can see quickly that it is very hard to "100% vacuum" your room"
METAMIA is a free database of analogy and metaphor. Anyone can contribute or search. The subject matter can be anything. Science is popular, but poetry is encouraged. The goal is to integrate our fluid muses with the stark literalism of a relational database. Metamia is like a girdle for your muses, a cognitive girdle.