>So this virus situation is an obvious shit show, but what is really going on? Was the virus manufactured, and this is biological-warfare?
Yes the BLAST sequencing evidently proves this. Pajeet scientists gave us a quick rundown where they interpreted the genomic sequence which was censored and black-holed immediately. Other notable incl nobel western scientists who have been declared heretics have also pointed this out that due to it's abnormal genetic makeup it could have only come from a laboratory.
>If so, why was it released?
Narrative purposes, distraction, jew reset.
>Maybe, but how was China so quick to get their covid+ numbers down and other countries are still struggling?
Because it's a nothing-burger, they're not struggling. Empty hospitals while they're saying their chock full on TV. But the virus is a bit more deadly because it's a HIV/SARS/Flu lab mutant with decimal points of increased mortality. Probably coupled with that people who live in hotter more arid climates do not tolerate flu's well either because they are not exposed to it as often. Influenza isn't actually a normal thing for their immune systems a new variant from a lab would be especially heavy for such immune systems I'm sure.
> Were they supposed to be the model for the world to battle this virus, and this be one more step toward global socialism (Great Rest)? 
>Do masks really work?
Only P3 rated masks technically works, surgical masks are fucking worthless, it's a weird ritual thing to give normiecattle comfort and to remind them to fear and to remind them as a propaganda statement. On the note of P3 even then P3 don't work if you touch your eyes and nose or get enough particles in your eyes but since this entire thing is a massive fear hoax it literally doesn't matter at all.