Your analysis of the virus timing sounds about right to me. But I do not have any particular expertise in the matter, so don't take my agreement as any kind of official confirmation.
I do not however regard this as sad. These progressive goons cause a lot of suffering to innocent people. If a bunch of them end up catching COVID-19 because of this, I think that's actually pretty funny.
Every human being has the capacity to be good and resist temptation to sin in whatever way, but they get 'captured' and held captive by evil, often for an extended time. I learned this concept watching on of the Christian TV channels (can't remember which it was right now) in the context of a wife who couldn't forgive her husband for cheating on her.
Forgiving doesn't have to mean forgetting. People are prone to sin and it doesn't hurt to remember that someone fell to a particular sin in the past, therefore they are going to be prone to temptation by it again; but the fundamental principle in Christianity is that people are forgiven for sin and that they can accept their salvation through Christ and be reborn and turn their lives around to accept the difficult struggle to be gradually cleansed and redeemed from sin.
In practice, I agree with you that I see people who don't strike me as people who are ever going to see the light and change their ways, but in principle I have to remain faithful to the Christian principle that everyone is saved and eligible for redemption if they would just accept it and be open to turning their lives around.
First they somehow have to get free of the evil that is holding their souls captive, though.