Frank Furedi, Professor Emeritus of Sociology at the University of Kent, studied the issue of fear in our culture as early as 1997 in his Culture of Fear and has now deepened his analysis. It is a book written before the pandemic, so it does not pretend to analyze the reactions in the fight against the coronavirus.
Furedi states that in Western societies, it is generally the wealthier, the more economically and socially secure, who tend to be more concerned about their security. The search for security is not because humanity faces more dangers than before, but because of a narrative of fear that inflates the potential for harm. In the Western world, the quest for security has today become a predominant feature over ideologies, or rather, as something common to all of them. This obsession arises from a magnification of possible harm, mixed with a low level of pain tolerance.
It is an interesting reading to understand our times from a different perspective: fear.