What a Virus Wants
There is a danger in talking about what the virus "wants." It's a virus. It doesn't want. It has no volition. And most importantly, it is not political. It doesn't care what party you support. It is a virus. It cannot care.
It is time to stop playing nicely with and appealing to the humanity of sociopaths. If they are so fucking stupid that they demand a police state. As long as they threaten the lives of others, make their dystopian dreams come true.
Skepticism vs Denialism
We are now seeing the true danger of the "conspiracy theorist" mentality. This is why we need cautious skepticism, not dogma-based denialism. Remember, doubt is not denial.
It's also why we need science. Science informs us, provides us with a course of action - a way to combat something barely within our comprehension. It gives us personal efficacy in a time when we may be otherwise feeling helpless and afraid. Fear is not the way to deal with the virus. Wearing a mask is that effective personal action. Unfortunately, anti-science conspiracy denialism has convinced people to not wear masks - to try to pretend not wearing a mask is a moral or political stance. It is neither of these; it is merely deliberate sociopathic stupidity.
Yes, I used the word "sociopathic." It applies perfectly. These people do not care about the lives of those around them. Some, perhaps, even want to see others die. There are cases of people deliberately coughing in the faces of others (in one instance, a baby's face). This is neither rational, nor even sane. What kind of person do you have to be to deliberately put other people's lives at risk when it is so easy to just wear a mask when out in public? What kind of garbage is in your thought bubble?