I re-iterate: Is SARS-COV2 going to turn out to be the same damp squib that all those previous horrifying cry-ups predicted so apocalyptically, and so wrongly, in the event: Swine-flu, MERS, Zika, all the rest? HowTF can we be so certain that this time it's different? We can't. None of us.
What we can do is wonder whether the Gatesoid-gics have been waiting for - and, clearly, discussing amongst themselves - the possibilities of latching onto a serendipitous epidemic pathogen, with a big panic-making operation, to float a big pre-envisaged shift of global arrangements along the lines that they prefer? This, of course, becoming more urgent by the week as the global economic situation slid unstoppably towards its next big black hole, demanding some immediate, drastic action to sauve qui peut.
That's an idea that has traction too, and could explain some of the apparent anomalies in the current crisis - which are getting discussed so vigorously precisely because they're so anomalous.