I think we might have lost a million people to Covid-19 given what we know about excess deaths. I think it would be incredibly stupid to pretend Covid isn't a regular feature of our near-future. Go think about the one million probable Covid-19 deaths--and consider what the future government that can better manage it might look like.
We would need a stronger government protocol about preventing infection in the first place and that means masking. We would need vaccine research that thought about tackling variants and persistently educated people that vaccination is always a correct protocol for avoiding the worst that a virus could do. These things can happen--
They just won't. I think RW tropes are persistent above and beyond functional civic protocols. People are dying because one party doesn't care and the other party isn't fighting back.