I feel odd about a 40 year franchise shoehorning the pandemic in one of the installments. Nothing wrong with dealing with real life events in art and I'm sure there will be an onslaught of movies, tv shows and music about the pandemic in the years ahead but it feels a bit opportunistic and superficial to do it like this unless you can come up with something substantial to say about it and not just use it as an attempt to be "topical". Not to mention it will date the movie forever. Horror films often react to the social context around them, particularly in the 70s and 80s, but not explicitly. I can't imagine Texas Chainsaw Massacre referencing Vietnam or a F13 sequel being about Reagan.