Standard text books (Landau and Lifshitz etc) explain that the correct macroscopic theory of a superfluid is two-fluid hydrodynamics. A superfluid is made of two components, a viscous normal fluid and a non-viscous superfluid. The total current is the sum of normal and superfluid contributions, and in thermal equilibrium the density of the normal component is not zero. This picture is supported by microscopic theories, and by many experiments, most notably the observation of second sound.
Then, presumably, the correct theory of a current carrying superconductor is the two current theory. Again, in equilibrium the density of the normal component is not zero, and a generic current should always contain both components. Why do we (almost) never discuss this theory? Is the resistivity of the normal component so large that it is quickly dissipated away? Or is the normal density typically too low to be relevant? Where is the second sound mode? (Is it screened? Or damped?)
As a corollary, what is the right way to think about a persistent current in a superconducting loop? After some time, the normal current is presumably dissipated away. Does that mean that the supercurrent state is not in thermal equilibrium? If yes, why does it persist? (Is it meta-stable?)