As we learn more about COVID-19, I think there are political concerns to be considered. The New York Times, Washington Post, and National Interest have pointed out that dictators — and those who would like to be — are in fact using this plague to expand their authority. And even here in the U.S., I won’t deny that I worry about this.
However, Chinese leader Zhou En-lai, who died in 1976 shortly before Mao, was once asked what he thought were the consequences of the French Revolution. He answered that it was too soon to tell! I’m not going to wait that long to reply, but as of now, I really don’t know what the long-term consequences of coronavirus will be. By mid 2021 we will have at least partly returned to normal life, I hope, and by that time the consequences, and the changes in our attitudes, will be quite clear, and available for comment.
But for the time being, I’m staying out of these questions.