Gorbatchov: 1 Corinthians 7:31 - for the scene of this world is changing.
Yup! I wonder how many times that text has been applied to changes in socio-political structures of the world.
There were at least two plagues in the few centuries after Constantine legalised Xtianity. And many political threats and changes, the collapse of the Western Roman Empire and the conflict between the Eastern Empire (Byzantium) and the Sasanian Empire - then the rise of Islam and the consequent collapse of Eastern (Asian) Xtianity. We still have the written fears of some Xtians who lived through those perilous times.
Now again, we live in a time of change, one political power feels threatened by the rise of another. Yup! its serious and the consequences could be very bad. How bad? Its like a poker game - wait and see what cards both sides hold.
And yes, there's a plague that some have not reacted to in a timely manner. (But, some scientists have been warning of this possibility for years). Australia has had two incidents of bat virus infections. - ( https://www.wildlifehealthaustralia.com.au/Portals/0/Documents/FactSheets/Mammals/Coronaviruses_in_Australian_Bats.pdf ) - One ( Lyssaviruses ) not so very serious, and one that could've become serious (the Hendra virus - affected horses and some people who handled them. ( See - https://www.health.nsw.gov.au/Infectious/factsheets/Pages/hendra_virus.aspx ) From that reference you'll note that the intermediate animals, in that case, were horses and the close similarity to the current coronavirus threat - namely, Fever, cough, sore throat, headache and tiredness are common initial symptoms. In both those cases the virus the virus failed to mutate quickly enough to become dangerous enough for mass infection of humans.
There is doubt that we (humans) will be able to quickly make a suitable vaccine to protect humans, so possibly we will once again have to live with the possibility of being infected with a virus that may kill us. Or, maybe we get lucky and humans (generally) will be wise enough to throw all their energy into finding a way to prevent this type of viral infection. Well! maybe they wont also.