Test obedience, get masses used to taking orders and obeying the state. Increase state power over individuals.
Dehumanize people you meet. It will make it easier for the state to imprison, torture and murder faceless things.
Make you dependent on the digital reality, because in the physical you get only social distancing, face masks and increasingly strict discipline.
Get you accustomed to Islam, because that’s what you’ll be converting to, soon. Women are already using this hijab stand-in as a fashion accessory. Get men circumcised by hyping some fake health issue of foreskin and the rest is easy, because this civilization doesn’t have any religion or value-set worth mentioning as it is. Hell, getting rid of feminists and those awful transgenderetards is reason enough to embrace Islam for most people.
It doesn’t do anything useful against the spread of covid-19, sorry.
May God help us all, because we are doomed here.
Number of deaths globally from covid-19: 689476.
This makes tuberculosis a much bigger threat, with actually zero panic worldwide about it. Suicide is a slightly bigger threat than covid-19. Diabetes causes twice as many deaths. I’m not saying it’s not a serious threat, it killed as many people as malaria and the year isn’t over yet, but the level of panic is so obviously mismatched with the actual threat level, and the world leaders who normally can’t agree on the color of shit are so obviously all singing in sync, that conspiracy and social engineering assert themselves as obvious causes.
Oh, I forgot: number of people who die of influenza each year. 650000. So yes, this was a worse flu season than normal, by some 6%. Scary.
I managed to bite through the chaos enough to make a first projection, which is as follows.
The AI (including the human sociologists designing it) told its handlers to increase the global anxiety level and keep it up for as long as possible. This disproportional panic over a virus that is essentially a non-threat (most adverse effects seem to be absent in people with sufficient vitamin D levels) is a continuation and escalation of the previous xenophobia and paranoia efforts directed at Russia and later at China. It is unclear whether the entire thing is designed from scratch, but indications are that it was opportunistic; some threat occurred and it was utilized. There are always asteroids, sunspots, climate changes, earthquakes, diseases, killer hornets etc. you can over-inflate in media if you want to keep the populace in a constant state of fear.
The exact goals of this effort are uncertain, but large human masses are known to easily accept authoritarian leadership and surrender their freedoms and rights/privileges in such environments, and are also more intolerant of foreigners and easily goaded into “defensive” violence. This makes me expect more totalitarianism directed against the populace of the West whose standard of living will likely be reduced, because collapse of the Western economic system can neither be stopped nor reversed. Whether it is also in preparation for war, it’s hard to tell. It’s likely but not certain.