The ability to have fully-fleshed interactions with others, through a digital system that democratizes the relations between producer and consumer, would revolutionize modern society. Lockdowns like this would be a lot more bearable. But it may also fundamentally reshape the way that we organize ourselves.
Whilst the free flow of information is encouraged in democratic states to foster economic growth, under repressive regimes information is weaponized. If authoritarian propaganda has not already resulted in unnecessary deaths from COVID-19 indirectly, it will soon do so directly.
No one can predict how long this virus will last, or how many lives it will take. But whatever the consequences, we need to look beyond the health risks to understand the full impact of COVID-19. Plummeting oil prices may cause a contagion of instability among dictatorial governments