I feel this is as applicable to coronavirus as it is to the ongoing protest movements,
... the American future lies in the routing of all available definitions of freedom through the ever-narrowing channel of security. His is a magisterial vision of a republic fashioned, top to bottom, on the model of a never-ending war waged against elements internal to the nation. Given the provenance of so many of these tactics in scenes of imperial conflict—from Southeast Asia to Latin America to the Middle East—you could do worse than to think of this as a dream of perpetual counterinsurgency, brought back to what we have for some time now been calling the Homeland. That dream nourishes itself even now—as surely you know—in places such as Portland, Louisville, Minneapolis, and Kenosha.
But read it today, in the midst of our own fever dream of penal sociality, and you are liable to be taken aback by the clarity of its insistence that a style of carceral fanaticism—a making over of everyday life into the image of perpetual security crisis—is no less a signature of the thing we call neoliberalism than are manic privatization, oligarchic dominion, and the total absorption of public life into market imperatives.
I do feel sorry for all the young people who've had their dreams cancelled. Like, let's imagine, for example, a desperately poor coal miners daughter from a poor country who worked as a child prostitute to get through night school and won a scholarship to Havard and now she can't take it up cos of coronavirus.
There must be millions of similar really sad stories.
Not that the virus hasn't left its mark, but if I was inclined I could live in a way almost indistinguishable from pre covid times. I have some friends on social that are going out to packed bars every weekend.