Time for more drunk posting.
As comforting as the idea that we're seeing the beginning of the end for clown world is, I think the true root cause of this supposed breakdown of reality is many people experiencing psychological damage bred from isolation.
Psysical sickness is now the least of your concern. I cannot say for certain what will happen on a societal level (though I can guess), I can say with greater certainty what will happen on an individual scale.
Having first-hand experience with proper isolation (e.g. borne of an unnatural environment, as opposed to mere isolation/semi-isolation from postmodern society that some people elect for in the form of going off-the-grid), I am in a position whereby I can forsee the course this will ultimately take.
As I see it, society at large is entering into a mid-stage
of sorts, where perception of reality begins to break down. With reduced stimulation, particularly social stimualtion (in-person interactions especially, which are the most important kind), the mental foundation for what constitutes reality as conferred by the little daily interactions we normally engage in (this usually takes the form of small-talk) is starting to crumble. At this point, everyone is relying more heavily on popular media as a substitute, something which they are taking full advantage of.
This substitute, however, is insufficient. While the mental breakdown process may be slowed, it cannot be stopped by the current measures alone. Slowly, but surely, the psychological breakdown process will continue. With a drought of the necessary stimulation to perceive reality, the mind will activate its next line of defence in the form of delusions. This will take the form of increasingly vivid daydreams, which will slowly start to take over the waking hours of the day until finally, as the late-stage
is reached, you will find yourself blinking out, for lack of a better term, of reality for hours at a time without you even realizing it. Imagine, if you will, suddenly having a train of thought. Excepting sufficient external stimuli, you will look at the clock when this train has reached the final stop several hours later. However, by your own perception, only a few minutes have passed.
Allthroughout this process of detachment from reality, your motivation for real activities will also be greatly affected. The things that you find enjoyable now, the goals you have now, will slowly become less interesting as they prove no longer sufficient to hold your attention. The only form of escape will be within your own mind, the very same mind that is slowly forgetting what reality actually is.
After a certain point, one which I imagine is a little different for everyone, a nigh-inescapable negative feedback loop is created where you lose your ability to be stimulated by external reality, and your only anchor for stimulation is the mind that can no longer properly perceive reality.
is not pretty, and whether or not you survive it will entirely depend on your ability to stabilize yourself. Neither friends nor family, nor all the sage advice in the world nor anything else can help you. Only you can save yourself from the poison that now brews within your own mind. Even then, if you make it out of this, what you are experiencing now will follow you for the rest of your life, and the embrace of death will always be a step away.
I hope this rant is wrong. I really really hope I'm wrong about everything and I'm just spouting inebriated bullshit, because this is the worst thing that anyone can experience. Nobody should have to feel their own mind attacking them.