They expected that the crisis will end without a trace in a year or two like: Fukushima, 2008 Financial Tsunami, Ukraine 2014 or Spanish Flu.
Not a Nazi Germany or Maoist Cultural Revolution scenario.
In reality, Covid is a "Nazi Germany and Maoist Cultural Revolution scenario".
A manmade disaster with no forseen end until the elite wins or not, although the former happens 99.9%.
If everyone realized that this is not Fukushima but months before the Maoist Cultural Revolution of 1966 then nobody will ever comply.