Most atrocities in human history have all been committed by individuals and agents of government who were "just following orders" or "just obeying the law." The virus didn't give any orders. It was the people who obeyed the commands of tyrants that crashed the economy and ruined the livelihoods of others.
In the first week of February I published an article titled 'The Lies We Are Being Told About The Coronavirus'. I focused primarily on the disinformation coming out of China, and for those with short memories, there was a flood of it being spread on various web forums by what I believe was an army of paid disinformation agents. The lies seemed to revolve around keeping the rest of the world passive to the potential threat by promoting a set of assumptions: