When the media went from downplaying the virus and covering for their co-conspirator's Chinese business interests by chucking 'racist' around indiscriminately to bitching that Trump wasn't being authoritarian enough, I knew something was up.
I'm guessing some big brain in one of the cigar smoke filled backrooms realised they had this great, golden opportunity to cause and then exploit a panic.
I'm guessing that we will be seeing pushes for federally mandated vaccinations, vaccination registries, the total digitisation of money, lockouts from banks/banking if you don't have your vaccines up to date. Martial law (which is what this effectively is) being used for everything..
And all it took was a 'scaawee wittle wirus' and poof, "Welcome to the USSR!"