This is a tough one. Given the current situation there is a lot of “quiet fear” in the US. People are nervous because there is something out there but depending on your situation it’s an SEP (Someone Else’s Problem). Some are more overtly fearful and others are completely ignorant of the potential. While life is not “normal” you can still go to the grocery store and they have food and occasionally TP. You can still get gas ($1.67 / gal today). There are no tanks in the streets or APC’s or armed troops patrolling. You can’t get a hair cut, nails done, massage or a tattoo but let’s face it those are niceties. I did tell the wife to stock up on Mrs. Clarol because that will be the next shortage when all those women find out they can’t get a color and cut and their roots start showing So all in all it’s just a wierd variation of normal.
Now if this thing goes bad and they shut down inter state travel (truckers), that will be the harbinger of doom. IMHO that will be my flash point and I’m bugging out. Once supplies can no longer be moved on the highways people will begin to see shortages and they will become more and more desperate.
On the flip side if this thing just chugs along and they start using Chloroquine and Z-Packs (or whatever) and it has an effect the potential is that it will be a really bad Flu season. Yes a lot of people will die as we figure this thing out and that’s bad but not terrible (obviously it will be terrible if it’s you or your family/friends) things will go back to semi normal.
There are two significant areas that I think (if the latter occurs) will be changed forever. 1) Education & 2) Medicine.
Education: In the vaunted hall’s of Academia I think they are panicking, This Pandemic has shown what has been creeping up on them for the past decade. On-line education. Why do I have to ship my kid across the country for 15 hours of course work per week at the tune of $50 - 100K for four years when his butt can sit in his room and get the same education at 1/4 of the price. I did two degrees on line Bachelors and Masters but I was 40 something and motivated, I also worked 40+ hours a week during. The casualty will be more lack of social interaction and social problem solving.
Medicine: A greater number of Physician’s offices / Doc in the Box’s and even Hospitals are going to tele-med which provides a billable visit without having to go sit in a waiting room with a bunch of other sick people for acute cases. For chronic cases you might have to ACTUALLY go once every six months / year / month depending on your condition. I can see BP machines at home linked to your phone and sent to the MD on regular intervals for those with heart issues and other such “distancing” innovations. Got a sick kid? Hold the little crumb cruncher up to the camera on your computer, take his temp and show it to the camera. MD: “Don’t worry mom he has a cold / thrush / diaper rash / etc, I’m sending a script for XYZ to the pharmacy and I want you to do this. In three days call me back or if things get worse.”
If the former occurs… pick a book/movie from the last 40 years on the topic any or none of them might come true, more probably not.
The 2A will always be under attack and that will grow the more and more we have a culture that firearms are no longer a “normal” part of. When shooting sports are no longer an societal norm and the use of firearms for non violent/criminal endeavors are no longer seen as viable then we will loose our right by abdication.