As any advertising executive or politician knows, fear is powerful. The fear of catching Coronavirus is far more powerful than the statistics would suggest, yet people are afraid of going to the dentist or getting needed medical care, because they’re terrified they’ll get the virus. Folks who are terrified to travel will damage the tourist industry for potentially years to come, vaccine or not.
The worst aspect of this emotion is that fear is turning us against each other. Politicians can’t be everywhere, so turning on each other is the next best thing. It worked pretty well in Nazi Germany and for Chairman Mao, and any other time government wants to limit your freedoms.