You're drastically underestimating how many people are on this planet right now and are here, alive and healthy because of that standard of living. You strip away the economy that allowed them to be fucked into existence and you pull away their life support. You're also severely over estimating the governments ability, competence and stability, they can't save us from a depression anymore than they can save us fron the virus.
Yes, Life is more important but I'm saying food is important to life. Work is important to money. Money is important to buy food and so it goes around in a circle.
Are you suggesting that the governments cease the means of production and then take a whip, make people produce food and then distribute it to everyone for the next decade? Great idea, we'll see how long it takes for a new system to be put in place after the current is torn to pieces and we loose a great deal of lives in the process.
Actually, you're drastically overestimating them. They're probably a negative number, since countries with lower standards of living typically have higher population growth rates. ie. there are actually less people alive and health in 1st world countries, because of the high standard of living.
Why would the government need to force people to produce food? They're going to do that anyway. And they're going to sell it anyway. And if people don't have as much money as they did before then prices will go down to match people's spending power. That's how economies work normally. Why would it stop doing that all of a sudden now?
Someone already replied to you and mentioned rapid inflation however I just wanted to add that what your talking about here is supply and demand and that is out of anyones control let alone within the governments and if the government force people to produce food, sell that food off of that persons back and distribute the food crippling the people along the supply chain while in a depression it only helps the end user and your asking for a labour revolution and a repeat of the early 20th century when people like Hitler came along with all his ideas of national socalism and all the good that that done and by good I mean all the absolute atrocity it brought about.
Go read up on the great depression and see why they couldn't simply adjust the prices to meet peoples spending power and yeah, they had a scarcity of food and all and our depression will likely not be as bad but yes, it will change all of a sudden and that's why it's called a depression and not a really, really, very bad recession.
Man, I feel like we are doomed to relive the 20th century again at any rate, most liely a great deal of the shit parts before we get back to the golden age and our system is going to be reworked after this, for better or worse.