The COVID-19 Pandemic, also known as the Coronavirus Pandemic, was a global pandemic of Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19) caused by severe acute respiratory syndrome coronavirus 2 (SARS CoV-2). The outbreak was first identified on December 2019 in Wuhan China and lasted for over 2 years, killing over 800 million people worldwide. The disease was especially deadly for older people.
In the United States, a hundred million people died of COVID-19. The Baby Boomer population was reduced from 70 million in 2019 to 23 million in 2021; Generation X went from 65 to 33 million and the Silent and Greatest Generations were almost eradicated.
The effects of the Coronavirus were felt most strongly among the lower classes.
The pandemic had the effect of shifting electoral power away from older generations (Boomers and Xers) and towards the younger generations (Millennial and Zoomers), this in turn pushed American politics dramatically to the left and destroyed the viability of the Republican party on a national level.
It was a significant contributing factor in Donald Trump's defeat in the 2020 election and to Democrats not only holding the house of representatives but taking the senate; at the same time dozens of moderate Democratic congresspeople were primaried, defeated, and replaced by progressive challengers.
The schism between progressive and moderates would eventually lead to the Democratic party splitting in two.