Yes. It is hard to believe. There are times when the world seems to change in fundamental ways. After 9/11 is a recent one. The financial collapse in 2008. I remember thinking then that we were seeing changes that we had never seen before.
Government response to Covid is just the most recent. Even worse is the acceptance by a large part of our population to government mandates. It is frightening to see men and women willingly part with their freedom, and insist that you should do so too.