"Naturally, the common people don't want war ... but after all it is the leaders of a country who determine the policy, and it is always a simple matter to drag the people along, whether it is a democracy, or a fascist dictatorship, or a parliament, or a communist dictatorship. Voice or no voice, the people can always be brought to the bidding of the leaders. That is easy. All you have to do is to tell them they are being attacked, and denounce the pacifists for lack of patriotism and exposing the country to danger. It works the same in every country." ~ Hermann Goring (Nazi)
Same difference. Tell them they could die from a virus. Then shame those who question it. Read George Washington's words that are so relevant today:
"The people must remain ever vigilant against tyrants masquerading as public servants."